Man Booker Longlist Rankings 2017



AAAaaaaaand I’m back. In celebration, I will write a blog post that’s almost a carbon copy of my last one but with this year’s Man Booker Longlist.

I read the entire longlist before the prize was announced so needless to say: I have opinions (also a lot of time on my hands apparently). This has been one of my favourite longlists in years so competition was fierce. My personal rankings and reviews:

13. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund – Overrated (the only disappointment on the list – I may have liked it in another context but it wasn’t Booker-worthy)

12. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie – Intriguing (but I’d probably get more out of it if I knew the source material better!)

11. Days Without End by Sebastian Barry – Touching (gay civil war couple – what’s not to love?)

10. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy – Complex (which basically means I didn’t understand half of it)

9. Swing Time by Zadie Smith – Decent (by Smith standards)

8. 4321 by Paul Auster – Epic (in the classical sense of the word)

7. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Horrifying (and he wants you to be horrified)

6. Elmet by Fiona Mozley – Strange (but in a very good way)

5. Autumn by Ali Smith – Decent (by Smith standards)

4. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack – WOWOWOWOWOW

3. Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor – How did this not make the shortlist?!?!?!

2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – Topical (and oh-so human)

1.  Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders – A very very very very worthy winner


Please agree/disagree with me in the comments below – I’d love to get some different perspectives!

3 thoughts on “Man Booker Longlist Rankings 2017

  1. The only ones I’ve read so far are Lincoln and Exit West, I was pulling for Exit West to win but I agree that Lincoln was a very worthy winner! On a more personal level I didn’t completely connect with it, but I found it so ambitious and striking in its unconventional execution, so I’m glad that was recognized. I’m hoping to read Solar Bones and Days Without End soon and I’m pretty excited about both of those.


    • I would’ve been just as happy if Exit West had won. I feel like Lincoln was divisive in a strange way. I don’t know anyone who hated it but I think there’s a definite divide between those who loved it and those who just admired it.

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  2. I’m yet to read Man Booker 2017 books. Still waiting for some of the paperbacks! 😀 I’m surprised to see Days Without End at #11. I read some really positive reviews about it! Usually I read all the shortlisted books and a few books from the longlist. I wasn’t going to read Reservoir 13 before, but now I think I’ll have to read it too! 😀


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