The 13 Books Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

The 13 Books Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

Join us as we delve into these captivating tales and discover the literary treasures that are longlisted for The Booker Prize 2023.

1. The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng

Set in 1921 at Cassowary House, residing in the Straits Settlement of Penang, Lesley Hamlyn and her war veteran husband, Robert, encounter the arrival of “Willie” Somerset Maugham, a renowned writer and old friend.

2. The Bee Sting by Paul Murray

Join this unforgettable journey through the chaos of life’s unpredictability and the timeless quest for a hopeful resolution.

3. Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

In a spellbinding debut, Chetna Maroo crafts a poignant novel delving into grief, sisterhood, and a young athlete’s quest to surpass herself.

4. In Ascension by Martin MacInnes

Leigh grew up in Rotterdam, finding refuge by the waterfront from her turbulent home life and volatile father. Enthralled by the undersea world, she excelled in marine biology, traveling globally to study ancient organisms.

5. Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

Under the shadow of a dark, rain-soaked Dublin evening, Eilish Stack, a devoted scientist, and mother-of-four, faces an unexpected visit from the GNSB – Ireland’s new secret police.

6. All the Little Bird-Hearts by Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow

In her childhood home, Sunday Forrester lives with her daughter Dolly, a headstrong sixteen-year-old. Adhering to peculiar habits, she eats only white foods on quiet days and turns to Sicilian folklore to escape.

7. Pearl by Siân Hughes

At the tender age of eight, Marianne’s world is shattered as her mother vanishes, leaving her with her baby brother and grief-stricken father in a dilapidated house near a small village.

8. This Other Eden by Paul Harding

In 1792, Benjamin Honey, once enslaved, and his Irish wife, Patience, discovered an island to forge their life together.

9. How to Build a Boat by Elaine Feeney

In this heartwarming and uniquely told story, we follow the remarkable journey of a young boy as he searches for his mother, guided by warmth, tenderness, and a touch of flair.

10. If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery

In a dazzling debut, follow a Jamaican family’s pursuit of a better life in Miami, led by a compelling generational storyteller.

11. Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein

In this haunting and compressed masterwork, Sarah Bernstein emerges as an extraordinary new voice in Canadian fiction, appealing to fans of Shirley Jackson, Iain Reid, and Claire-Louise Bennett.

12. Old God’s Time by Sebastian Barry

Old God’s Time is a haunting novel, shrouded in mystery, where appearances deceive and the enduring essence of life is contemplated.

13. A Spell of Good Things by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

After a government edict costs Eniola’s father his job, his family struggles to survive. Eniola endures beatings from schoolteachers due to unpaid fees, and his parents can’t afford his tailoring apprenticeship.

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