The Booker Prize 2022

The longlist has been announced including three debuts, the shortest book as well as the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated

The longlist for the Booker Prize 2022 has been announced!

It includes the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated, as well as the shortest book, three debuts and two new publishers receiving their first ever nominations.

Chair of the judges Neil MacGregor said ‘The list offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller’.   The shortlist will be unveiled on September 6 at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the winner will be announced at the Roundhouse on October 17.

Highlights from this year's longlist

  • Features youngest and oldest author ever to be longlisted: 20-year-old Leila Mottley and octogenarian Alan Garner, who will celebrate his 88th birthday on the night of the winner ceremony 
     
  • At 116 pages, Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These is the shortest book recognised in the prize’s history – the shortest to win was Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (1979) at 132 pages
     
  • Three debut novelists make the list: Maddie Mortimer, Leila Mottley and Selby Wynn Schwartz 
     
  • Previously shortlisted authors NoViolet Bulawayo, Karen Joy Fowler and Graeme Macrae Burnet, and previously longlisted Elizabeth Strout are recognised
     
  • Majority published by independent publishers, including first time appearances from Influx Press and Sort of Books. 

2022 Booker Prize longlist books

The Longlist

The 2022 judges

The 2022 longlist in numbers

20

The age of author Leila Mottley, longlisted for her book Nightcrawling

87

The age of author Alan Garner, longlisted for his book Treacle Walker

116

The number of pages of Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These, the shortest book ever nominated in the prize’s history

3

The number of debut novelists making the list: Maddie Mortimer, Leila Mottley and Selby Wynn Schwartz

169

The number of books read by the 2022 judges

4

Authors in the longlist who have been previously nominated: NoViolet Bulawayo, Karen Joy Fowler and Graeme Macrae Burnet have all been shortlisted; Elizabeth Strout has been longlisted

2

Number of publishers appearing for the first time

6

The date in September the shortlist will be announced

Exceptionally well written and carefully crafted, in whatever genre, they seem to us to exploit and expand what the language can do.

Neil MacGregor, chair of the Booker Prize 2022 judges said: ‘Over the last seven months or so, we have read and discussed 169 works of fiction, all written in English, by authors and about subjects from all over the globe. 169 journeys to worlds conjured and created by the wielding of words alone. The skill with which writers shape and sustain those variously imagined worlds, and allow others to inhabit them, has been our main criterion in proposing this longlist of 13 books. Exceptionally well written and carefully crafted, in whatever genre, they seem to us to exploit and expand what the language can do.  The list that we have selected offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller.  

‘The task of whittling 169 down to 13 has been as enjoyable as it has been arduous. We, the five judges, bring such different approaches and experiences to our reading, that left to ourselves, we would probably have produced five very different lists. But we read these books as a group, disagreeing and discussing, comparing, reconsidering and re-reading, and together we reached a striking degree of consensus. These are thirteen books — challenging, stimulating, surprising, nourishing — that we recommend for close and enjoyable reading.’ 

Neil MacGregor

Gaby Wood, director of the Booker Prize Foundation said when announcing the 2022 longlist: ‘The 2022 Booker judges come from very different corners of the reading world, yet from the moment they met they have revelled in each other’s opinions and delighted in each other’s company.  

‘The result is a set of books that are sometimes serious but never sombre, whose authors engage you with their wit, even as you absorb their dramatic, painful or provocative subject matter. It’s in this playfulness, of form or tone, that this year’s fiction is at its best.’ 

Gaby Wood

The result is a set of books that are sometimes serious but never sombre, whose authors engage you with their wit, even as you absorb their dramatic, painful or provocative subject matter.

— Gaby Wood, director of the Booker Prize Foundation

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