Today the Man Booker Prize announced its longlist of 13 books, which you can find here.
I’ve not read any of the books on this year’s longlist, so can’t offer any comment on their relative merit. But I did immediately notice the absence of Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things, which made me sad.
However, I have a means to remedy this! The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize 2016 gives us all a chance to champion our own favourite book of the year.
In the spirit of Guardian-style egalitarianism:
- anyone can nominate any book that would be eligible for this year’s Man Booker prize – novels originally written in English, by writers of any nationality, published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.
- anyone can vote for two of their favourite books which will create a shortlist.
- once there’s a shortlist, Guardian folk will read each book in turn and post reviews inviting ‘further discussion, debate, and ideally a bit of praise and a lot of love’ from anyone.
- then they make their final vote, in combination with a panel of judges. Importantly, anyone can be a judge, provided they ‘contribute thoughts and opinions on a healthy proportion of the books that make it on to our shortlist over the next few months’. Previous judges have posted comments on how much fun it all was.
The winning author then receives a shiny Guardian mug.
So, are in you in? What will you be championing for the Not the Booker Prize 2016?