The longlist for the 2023 Booker Prize has been announced, with 13 novels in contention for the prestigious award. The list includes two novels by women of color: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s Promise Me, Dad and Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists.
Adébáyọ̀’s novel is set in Nigeria and tells the story of a young woman who returns home after her father’s death to find that he has left her a mysterious promise. Eng’s novel is set in Malaysia and tells the story of a young woman who is drawn into a world of secrets and intrigue.
The other novels on the longlist are:
- The Book of Air and Shadows by Mathias Énard
- The Cartographer’s Gift by Nadifa Mohamed
- The Death of the Body by Hilary Mantel
- Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
- Golden Ladders by Sunjeev Sahota
- How All This Could End by Panashe Chigumadzi
- The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
- Mr. Peanut by Amity Gaige
- The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
- This is How We Lose the Earth by Toby Smith
The shortlist will be announced on 21 September, and the winner will be announced in London, UK, on 26 November.
The Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. It was founded in 1969 and is awarded annually to a novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The prize is worth £50,000.
The chair of the 2023 Booker Prize judges, Claire Armistead, said that the longlist was “a list to bring wonder.” She said that the novels were “joyous, heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and beautifully written.”
The judges will now read the novels in more detail before announcing the shortlist in September. The winner of the 2023 Booker Prize will be announced in October.