10.8.15

Man Booker Prize 2015 - The Longlist!


The Man Booker Prize is perhaps the most prestigious of prizes that an author can hope to win -  Just being nominated for the award can change the fortune of a writer's career, but with a life-changing prize fund of £50,000, anyone that is longlisted has high hopes of winning.

(In the grand scheme of things, £50,000 isn't a lot of money, no. But for a writer,  receiving a lump sum of that amount, could mean cutting back their 'day-job' hours, to finish a novel, to travel to all the places their novel is set, or to possibly even add stability and know that they aren't going to be living paycheque to paycheque for a while***) 

How does the Man Booker Prize work?
Well on July 29th, the Longlist was announced, featuring thirteen books that you will see advertised all over your local branch of Waterstones/Amazon/other bookstores, for the coming few months. Then, on September 15th, the judges (Ellah Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith, Frances Osborne) would have whittled these down to just six, which is known as the Shortlist - these are the ones that usually gain the most fame, no one really remembers the others (sorry, but it's true). Finally a month later, on October 13th, at a big event with all the authors, which to my knowledge has been televised the past few years, the winner will be announced!

So who is on this year's longlist?
I can't tell you too much about these novels, because I actually haven't heard of any of them, which is a shame as they must deserve some merit, considering they have been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in publishing,

Out of the thirteen novels, the only ones am inclined to read (upon first glance of the reviews and synopses) are: A Brief History of Seven Killings, about the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, and Sleeping on Jupiter, where a girl who witnessed the brutal murder of her family, is sent abroad to Norway (from India) to be adopted - but finds herself being haunted by the past.


Both of these novels aren't something that I would usually read, but I am determined to broaden my reading horizons, and open my imagination up to a world of new posibilities.  Also, I have been saying for years that I want to do the Man Booker Challange, and read as many of the books before the winnder is anounced, so I might as well start now! 

Have you read any of the longlisted books? I would love to know what you think! There is still time for me to jumble up the order of my summer reading list!


*** Obviously this only applies to some writers. If you're lucky enough to have a best seller, or have a trust fund, then you can just hunch over your writing desk and scribble the day away.

All information gathered from the Man Booker website, and photos taken from Google Images. No Copyright infrigment intended. 

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