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Not the Man Booker Prize 2016 Longlist Announced and Your Chance to Vote!

Every year at this time, the Man Booker Prize – a very prestigious British literary prize – comes out with its longlist of books eligible for the year’s award.  And shortly thereafter, The Guardian, a major British newspaper, comes out with its Not the Man Booker prize list, giving readers a chance to vote for […]

A very small sample of the authors on the Not the Man Booker longlist (clockwise from top left) … Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, Kei Miller, Sarah Perry, Chian Miéville and Lionel Shriver. Composite: Alamy/Rex/Getty Images/Graham Turner/Graeme Robertson/Sarah Lee for The Guardian

A very small sample of the authors on the Not the Man Booker longlist (clockwise from top left) … Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, Kei Miller, Sarah Perry, Chian Miéville and Lionel Shriver. Composite: Alamy/Rex/Getty Images/Graham Turner/Graeme Robertson/Sarah Lee for The Guardian

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Every year at this time, the Man Booker Prize – a very prestigious British literary prize – comes out with its longlist of books eligible for the year’s award.  And shortly thereafter, The Guardian, a major British newspaper, comes out with its Not the Man Booker prize list, giving readers a chance to vote for worthy books that perhaps are not to the same crushing standards of the Man Booker, but are still held in high esteem by readers.

This year, the Not the Man Booker longlist is indeed, incredibly long – over 100 titles!  In an effort to parse the list down to only a half dozen books, The Guardian is asking for reader input, and that means you!

Here is the process for voting for your favorites on this massive list:  “If you want to take part, all you have to do is choose two books from the longlist, from two different publishers, and accompany those votes with a short review of at least one of your chosen books.”  (Here’s a link to learn more about the books and the voting process:  Not the Booker prize (very) longlist 2016: votes, please!)

Sound fun?  Well, peruse this massive list of books, pick one or two that you’d like to see move on to the next phase of the award, and vote!

  • Megan Abbott– You Will Know Me (Picador)
  • Lesley Allen – The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir (Twenty7)
  • Deborah Andrews – Walking the Lights (Freight Books)
  • Louis Armand – The Combinations (Equus)
  • Kate Armstrong – The Storyteller (Holland House)
  • Jason Arnopp – The Last Days of Jack Sparks (Orbit)
  • Jenn Ashworth – Fell (Sceptre)
  • Chris Bachelder – The Throwback Special (WW Norton & Company)
  • Jo Baker – A Country Road, A Tree (Doubleday)
  • Julian Barnes – The Noise of Time (Jonathan Cape)
  • Shirley Barrett – Rush Oh! (Little, Brown)
  • Kevin Barry – Beatlebone (Doubleday)
  • Louise Beech – The Mountain in My Shoe (Orenda)
  • Claire-Louise Bennett – Pond (Fitzcarraldo)
  • Bill Beverly – Dodgers (No Exit Press)
  • Lochlan Bloom – The Wave (Dead Ink)
  • Lisa Blower – Sitting Ducks (Fair Acre)
  • Megan Bradbury – Everyone Is Watching (Picador)
  • Caroline Brothers – The Memory Stones (Bloomsbury)
  • Liam Brown – Wild Life (Legend Press)
  • Rowan Hisayo Buchanon – Harmless Like You (Sceptre)
  • Tom Bullough – Addlands (Granta)
  • Paul Burston – The Black Path (Accent Press Ltd)
  • Jackie Buxton – Glass Houses (Urbane Publications)
  • Louise Candlish – The Swimming Pool (Penguin)
  • Joanna Cannon – The Trouble With Goats and Sheep (The Borough Press)
  • Emma Chapman – The Last Photograph (Picador)
  • Anna Chilvers – Tainted Love (Bluemoose)
  • Dan Clements – What Will Remain (Silvertail)
  • Clár Ni Chonghaile – Fractured (Legend Press)
  • Chris Cleave – Everyone Brave Is Forgiven (Sceptre)
  • Emma Cline – The Girls (Chatto & Windus)
  • Paul MM Cooper – River of Ink (Bloomsbury)
  • Mark Connors – Stickleback (Armley Press)
  • Isabel Costello – Paris Mon Amour (Canelo)
  • Jack Cox – Dodge Rose (Dalkey Archive Press)
  • Justin Cronin – The City of Mirrors (Orion)
  • Rachel Cusk – Transit (Jonathan Cape)
  • Shelley Day – The Confession of Stella Moon (Contraband)
  • Don DeLillo – Zero K (Picador)
  • Ruth Dugdall – Nowhere Girl (Legend Press)
  • Sophie Duffy – Bright Stars (Legend Press)
  • Ken Edwards – Country Life (Unthank Books)
  • Jo Ely – Stone Seeds (Urbane Publications)
  • Guillermo Erades – Back to Moscow (Scribner UK)
  • Pamela Erens – Eleven Hours (Atlantic Books)
  • Lyn G Farrell – The Wacky Man (Legend Press)
  • Julia Forster – What a Way to Go (Atlantic Books)
  • Harry Gallon – The Shapes Of Dogs’ Eyes (Dead Ink)
  • Ruth Gilligan – Nine Folds Make A Paper Swan (Atlantic Books)
  • Jules Grant – We Go Around in the Night and Are Consumed By Fire (Myriad)
  • Guinevere Glasfurd – The Words in My Hand (Two Roads)
  • Garth Greenwell – What Belongs to You (Farrar, Straus and Giraux)
  • John Griffin – Infinite Rooms (Urbane Publications)
  • Michael Grothaus – Epiphany Jones (Orenda Books)
  • Lee Harrison – The Bastard Wonderland (Wrecking Ball Press)
  • Adam Haslett – Imagine Me Gone (Little Brown and Company)
  • Noah Hawley – Before the Fall (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Matt Hill – Graft (Angry Robot)
  • Catherine Hokin – Blood and Roses (Yolk Publishing)
  • Anna Hope – The Ballroom (Doubleday)
  • Michael Hughes – The Countenance Divine (John Murray)
  • Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Midnight (Solaris)
  • Amanda Jennings – In Her Wake (Orenda Books)
  • Elnathan John – Born on a Tuesday (Cassava Republic)
  • Anjali Joseph – The Living (Fourth Estate)
  • Avril Joy – Sometimes a River Song (Linen Press)
  • Mireille Juchau – The World Without Us (Bloomsbury)
  • James Kelman – Dirt Road (Canongate)
  • Claire King – Everything Love Is (Bloomsbury)
  • Hannah Kohler – The Outside Lands (Picador)
  • John Lake – Amy and the Fox (Armley Press)
  • Jem Lester – Shtum (Orion)
  • Ashley Lister – Raven and Skull (Caffeine Nights Publishing)
  • Carol Lovekin – Ghostbird (Honno Welsh Women’s Press)
  • PK Lynch – Armadillos (Legend Press)
  • Martin MacInnes – Infinite Ground (Atlantic Books)
  • Kevin MacNeil – The Brilliant and Forever (Polygon)
  • Seraphina Madsen – Dodge and Burn (Dodo Ink)
  • Brooke Maganti – The Turning Tide (W&N)
  • Ayisha Malik – Sophia Khan is Not Obliged (Twenty7)
  • Michael J Malone – Bad Samaritan (Contraband)
  • Iain Maloney – The Waves Burn Bright (Freight Books)
  • Sarah Ladipo Manyika – Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (Cassava Republic Press)
  • Alex Marwood – The Darkest Secret (Sphere)
  • Colum McCann – Thirteen Ways of Looking (Bloomsbury)
  • Tiffany McDaniel – The Summer That Melted Everything (St Martin’s Press)
  • Ian McGuire – The North Water (Scribner UK)
  • Elizabeth McKenzie – The Portable Veblen (Penguin Press)
  • Wyl Menmuir – The Many (Salt)
  • Sarah Meyrick – Knowing Anna (SPCK Publishing)
  • Dan Micklethwaite – The Less Than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote (Bluemoose)
  • China Miéville – This Census Taker (Del Rey Books)
  • Kei Miller – Augustown (W&N)
  • Alan Moore – Jerusalem (Liveright and Knockabout)
  • Alison Moore – Death and the Seaside (Salt)
  • Claire Morrall – When the Floods Came (Sceptre)
  • Yelena Moskovich – The Natashas (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Sarah Moss – The Tidal Zone (Granta Books)
  • Sylvain Neuvel – Sleeping Giants (Del Rey Books)
  • Carl Neville – Resolution Way (Repeater Books)
  • Suzy Norman – Duff (Patrician Press)
  • Claire North – The Sudden Appearance of Hope (Orbit)
  • Barney Norris – Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain (Doubleday)
  • Edna O’Brien – The Little Red Chairs (Faber & Faber)
  • Paraic O’Donnell – The Maker of Swans (W&N)
  • Maggie O’Farrell – This Must Be the Place (Tinder Press)
  • Harry Parker – Anatomy of a Soldier (Faber & Faber)
  • Sarah Perry – The Essex Serpent (Serpent’s Tail)
  • Cherry Potts – The Dowry Blade (Arachne Press)
  • Laura Powell – The Unforgotten (Freight Books)
  • Christopher Priest – The Gradual (Gollancz)
  • Lucy Ribchester – The Amber Shadows (Simon & Schuster UK)
  • Mary-Jane Riley – After She Fell (Killer Reads)
  • Adam Roberts – The Thing Itself (Gollancz)
  • Lou Rowan – A Mystery’s No Problem (Equus)
  • Amanda Saint – As If I Were a River (Urbane Publications)
  • James Sallis – Willnot (No Exit Press)
  • David Savill – They Are Trying to Break Your Heart (Bloomsbury)
  • Anakana Schofield – Martin John (Biblioasis)
  • Helen Sedgwick – The Comet Seekers (Harvill Secker)
  • Lionel Shriver – The Mandibles (The Borough Press)
  • Karin Slaughter – The Kept Woman (Century)
  • Ethyl Smith – Changed Times (ThunderPoint Publishing)
  • Francis Spufford – Golden Hill (Faber & Faber)
  • Sarayu Srivatsa – If You Look For Me I Am Not Here (Bluemoose)
  • Elizabeth Strout – My Name Is Lucy Barton (Viking)
  • Emma Claire Sweeney – Owl Song at Dawn (Legend Press)
  • M Suddain – Hunters and Collectors (Jonathan Cape)
  • Graham Swift – Mothering Sunday (Scribner UK)
  • David Szalay – All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
  • Jonathan Taylor – Melissa (Salt Publishing)
  • William Thacker – Lingua Franca (Legend Press)
  • Yusuf Toropov – Jihadi: A Love Story (Orenda Books)
  • Anna Vaught – Killing Hapless Alley (Patrician Press)
  • Dan Vyleta – Smoke (W&N)
  • Natasha Walter – A Quiet Life (The Borough Press)
  • Simon Wan – Love and a Dozen Roast Potatoes (Urbane Publications)
  • Eleanor Wasserberg – Foxlowe (Harper Collins)
  • Jemma Wayne – Chains of Sand (Legend Press)
  • Aliya Whitely – The Arrival of the Missives (Unsung Stories)
  • Chis Whitaker – Tall Oaks (Twenty7)
  • Hugo Wilcken – The Reflection (Melville House UK)
  • Matt Wilven – The Blackbird Singularity (Legend Press)
  • Charlotte Wood – The Natural Way of Things (Allen & Unwin)
  • James Yorkston – Three Craws (Freight Books)

 

But there’s not much time!  You have only about a week to vote for your favorite book to move on –  the deadline is one minute to midnight (British time!) on August 14, 2016!  So don’t delay!  Vote now, and make your voice heard!