The thirteen novels on the Booker Prize 2023 longlist revealed August 1 include two books of genre interest, titles shown in boldface.
- A Spell of Good Things by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
- Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry
- Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein
- If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery
- How to Build a Boat by Elaine Feeney
- This Other Eden by Paul Harding
- Pearl by Siân Hughes
- All the Little Bird-Hearts by Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow
- Prophet Song by Paul Lynch
- In Ascension by Martin MacInnes
- Western Lane by Chetna Maroo
- The Bee Sting by Paul Murray
- The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng
JUDGES. Novelist Esi Edugyan, twice-shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is the chair of the 2023 judging panel and is joined by actor, writer and director Adjoa Andoh; poet, lecturer, editor and critic Mary Jean Chan; Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Shakespeare specialist James Shapiro; and actor and writer Robert Webb.
The shortlist of six books will follow on September 21. The winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced at an event at Old Billingsgate, London, on November 26.