The Man Booker Longlist – On Second Look

Although I have anticipated the Man Booker Longlist every year, this year I read the list of thirteen books selected, and moved on.  Nothing seemed appealing – despite the first ever graphic novel – Sabrina – on the list.

Searching for a book on audible, I decided to revisit the list, mostly because I was sure to find a British narrator among the six UK finalists or perhaps some lilting tones among the two finalists from Irish authors.

Unknown-3  Snap by British author Belinda Bauer is now on my iPhone, ready to entertain me with a suspenseful tale of three children whose lives are forever changed when their mother leaves them in a hot car and never comes back. Three years later, Jack, the eldest,  is still in charge – “of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother.”

41lzVtKHUkL._SX406_BO1,204,203,200_  Sabrina, the graphic novel by American author Nick Drasno, deserves to be read turning the pages, but is out of stock at the bookstore – a byproduct of being named to the famous list – but I will wait for it.  “Sabrina is the story of what happens when an intimate, ‘everyday’ tragedy collides with the appetites of the 24-hour news cycle; when somebody’s lived trauma becomes another person’s gossip; when it becomes fodder for social media, fake news, conspiracy theorists, maniacs, the bored.”  Sounds timely.

I’m not sure if I will read any of the others on the list.  Do any appeal to you?

The rest of the list includes:   (Go to the Man Booker website  for a synopsis of each.)

  • Milkman by Irish author Anna Burns
  • Washington Black  by Canadian author Esi Edugyan
  • In Our Mad And Furious City  by British author Guy Gunaratne
  • Everything Under by British author Daisy Johnson
  • The Mars Room by American author Rachel Kushner
  • The Water Cure by British author Sophie Mackintosh
  • War light  by Canadian author Michael Ondaatje
  •  The Overstory  by American author Richard Powers
  • The Long Take by British author Robin Robertson
  • Normal People by Irish author Sally Rooney
  • From A Low And Quiet Sea by Irish author Donal Ryan