Longlist for the 2015 Booker Prize, sponsored by Man Foundation, was announced on Wednesday 29 July, 2015. 13 fiction books written in English were selected by the chair. Since 2014 the prize is open to all writers from all countries, and thankfully, we have a great selection this year.
I had planned to read all thirteen books before the shortlist was to be announced. However, since not everything goes as planned, I have listed the following shortlist as per the official announcement which was made on Tuesday 15 September, 2015. Further attempts will be made after an extensive read to determine the 2015 Man Booker Winner. The rankings are solely based on my personal opinions and reviews. So far I have read only one book for which I have also stated a rating.
2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist (Author/Country of Origin/Title), as retrieved from The Man Booker Prize website –
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways
#6 Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island – 1 star out of 5
Following are the books that did not make it to the shortlist; ranked as per their initial probability of winning:
#2 Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila (Virago)
#4 Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations (Faber & Faber)
#5 Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)
#8 Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes (Sceptre)
#10 Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape)
#11 Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing)
#12 Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus)
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So what do you think which book will take the much coveted prize? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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