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2017 Man Booker longlist announced

“The Man Booker Prize is my favourite prize!” gushed Library Director Laura Eckley. “I’ve never read a bad book from them.” So, we’ve made a list of the nominees so you can see if Laura is right. Since the Man Booker is an international prize, some of the titles have not been published in the U.S…. yet. You can put holds on all of them, though, except Elmet, which does not have a scheduled release date. Many of the nominees are available for download as an eBook or an audiobook from Cloud Library and/or Overdrive. Even Hoopla is getting into the act, with an audiobook of Days Without End and an eBook of History of Wolves.

As for “never read a bad book from them,” obviously Laura has never read 2007’s winner, The Gathering, by Anne Enright (available in Hoopla). Called “bleak” and “depressing” by critics, the book is about the gathering of the Hegarty clan for the wake of their self-murdered son and brother, Liam (who is no relation, at all, to Head of Reference and yours truly Liam Hegarty).

If you’re interested in past winners, we’ve got a list of recent winners and all the winners are listed on the Man Booker website. Try exploring Total Boox and Freading if you want to download some of the more obscure past winners, like 1991’s The Famished Road, by Ben Okri.