Booker Prize 2023 Longlist

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.

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