Man Booker Prize Eligible 2016

A list for novels eligible for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.

Please do not add a book unless you are fairly sure it will be eligible according to the official rules. (See: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/ente...) This means any novel originally written in English regardless of the nationality of their author, with a print edition scheduled for publication in the UK between 1st October 2015 and 30th September 2016. Self-published novels are not eligible.

The judges for the prize are:
Amanda Foreman, Olivia Williams, David Harsent, Abdulrazak Gurnah and Jon Day.

The longlist will be announced in late July, and the shortlist in early September 2016.
The winner will be announced on 11th October 2016 at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall.

Man Booker Prize Eligible Books by Year
2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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message 1: by Laff (new)

Laff Wasn't The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah published in January 2015 and therefore not eligible for this year's Booker Prize?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Was the UK edition published then? It's not first publication that counts, but publication date in the UK.


message 3: by Ethan (last edited Feb 12, 2016 03:57PM) (new)

Ethan Devitius Amazon UK has May and Waterstone's has May last year as the publication date for Nightingale.

Can anyone justify its listing for this years' Man Booker?


message 4: by Laff (new)

Laff Doesn't seem like it......


message 5: by Booklovinglady (last edited Mar 16, 2016 09:44PM) (new)

Booklovinglady How come The Mirror and the Light (#2) is on this list? The book hasn't even been published yet, so it can hardly be Booker Eligible....

One can only recommend already published books as 'Booker eligible', in my humble opinion at least.


message 6: by Ethan (last edited Mar 25, 2016 12:18PM) (new)

Ethan Devitius At this stage I think Mirror and Light is unlikely to get published before the end of September, so like The Nightingale it's probably another that shouldn't be on the list.


message 7: by Laff (new)

Laff So who can remove these books that should not be on the list?


message 8: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 02, 2016 12:13AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Laff wrote: "So who can remove these books that should not be on the list?"
Ethan wrote: "At this stage I think Mirror and Light is unlikely to get published before the end of September."

The Mirror and the Light is now no longer on this list. As said before, it hasn't even been published yet so in my humble opinion it can't possibly be 'Booker Eligible', as one can only hope it will get published. Although personally, I'm hoping it will though :-)


message 9: by Laff (new)

Laff The Mirror and the Light has been removed, but by whom, and why not The Nightingale?


message 10: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 27, 2016 08:12AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Laff wrote: "The Mirror and the Light has been removed, but by whom, and why not The Nightingale?"

I've removed The Mirror and the Light but left The Nightingale, as I don't know the first thing about either book or author.


message 11: by Laff (new)

Laff As Ethan says

'Amazon UK has May and Waterstone's has May last year as the publication date for Nightingale.'

Therefore the Nightingale is ineligible.


message 12: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Laff wrote: "As Ethan says

'Amazon UK has May and Waterstone's has May last year as the publication date for Nightingale.'

Therefore the Nightingale is ineligible."


Another librarian can remove The Nightingale, if they like, because as I said, I know book nor author.


message 13: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ Swift or Mitchell - it surely cannot be any other. Views?


message 14: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy Laff wrote: "Wasn't The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah published in January 2015 and therefore not eligible for this year's Booker Prize?"
It is also chick lit garbage.


message 15: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ MomToKippy wrote: "Laff wrote: "Wasn't The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah published in January 2015 and therefore not eligible for this year's Booker Prize?"
It is also chick lit garbage."


haha - I also have it on TBR, which gives me no joy now that you have outed it as chick lit!


message 16: by MomToKippy (last edited Apr 26, 2016 06:30PM) (new)

MomToKippy Sorry!! That book gets under my skin. I had the supreme joy of removing it. lol


message 17: by Ethan (new)

Ethan Devitius Bettie☯ wrote: "Swift or Mitchell - it surely cannot be any other. Views?"

Loved Slade House, great little story. I can't help thinking, though, that it won't be considered a significant work on the fact that it's something of a corollary to a much more substantial novel published the previous year.

I didn't like Mothering Sunday. Felt like there were a lot of words in a novella to say so little... and I couldn't get the rhythm of the use of punctuation and the structuring of sentences.


message 18: by Ethan (last edited Jun 17, 2016 06:21AM) (new)

Ethan Devitius Thirteen Ways of Looking (McCann) has often ranked high on this list.

I'm not sure what the opinion is for short story collections and the Man Booker. I don't think the eligibility criteria precludes them. Apparently there has only ever been one that has been shortlisted, Munro in 1980.

Personally, I don't read them for the Man Booker. They're probably more likely for American awards like the Pulitzer and NBA, like Fortune Smiles (Johnson) last year.


message 19: by Laff (last edited Jun 20, 2016 02:20PM) (new)

Laff Thirteen Ways of Looking is actually a novella, not much shorter than Chesil Beach, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, or The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes which actually won it. The book has three very short stories at the end, but I do not see why it should be excluded because of their inclusion. William Trevor's Reading Turgenev was originally published as one of a pair of novellas collectively called Two Lives but was still shortlisted in 1991.


message 20: by Ethan (new)

Ethan Devitius Fair enough.


message 21: by Doug (new)

Doug The current Booker rules state that "Every submitted NOVEL must be a unified and substantial work." Since Thirteen Ways is neither a novel, NOR a unified work (the three short stories are not connected to the novella), I doubt it is eligible.


message 22: by Antonomasia (last edited Jul 12, 2016 03:42PM) (new)

Antonomasia Hey, I know some of you are already group members, but others who like discussing the Booker & contenders, please do feel free to join in the discussion here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 23: by Ann Helen (new)

Ann Helen Wasn't Spill Simmer Falter Wither released in early 2015?


message 24: by Antonomasia (last edited Jul 26, 2016 07:50AM) (new)

Antonomasia The Nix is scheduled for Jan 2017 over here.
also: Mark Leyner's Gone With the Mind, Jack Cox's Dodge Rose, Nicole Dennis Benn's Here Comes the Sun, Guapa, only seem to have US publishers so far.

The Kindness of Enemies & Blackas had UK release summer 2015, so would have been eligible last year.


message 25: by Laff (last edited Jul 26, 2016 10:38AM) (new)

Laff Ann Helen wrote: "Wasn't Spill Simmer Falter Wither released in early 2015?"

I think its UK publication was October 2015, so it is eligible for this year's Booker, although it was first published in Ireland before that.


message 26: by Val (last edited Jul 27, 2016 05:29AM) (new)

Val Here is what the judges came up with:

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist
Paul Beatty - The Sellout
J.M. Coetzee - The Schooldays of Jesus
A.L. Kennedy - Serious Sweet
Deborah Levy - Hot Milk
Graeme Macrae Burnet - His Bloody Project
Ian McGuire - The North Water
David Means - Hystopia*
Wyl Menmuir - The Many*
Ottessa Moshfegh - Eileen*
Virginia Reeves - Work Like Any Other*
Elizabeth Strout - My Name Is Lucy Barton
David Szalay - All That Man Is
Madeleine Thien - Do Not Say We Have Nothing


message 27: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jul 30, 2016 07:21AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Val wrote: "Here is what the judges came up with:

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist
David Means - Hystopia*
Wyl Menmuir - The Many*
Ottessa Moshfegh - Eileen*
Virginia Reeves - Work Like Any Other*..."


@Val
Why is there an asterisk following some of the titles?


message 28: by Greg (new)

Greg Good grief. If anyone has read Graham Swift's brilliant "Waterland" you'll probably be shocked at the huge difference in that and "Mothering Sunday." It's one of the weakest books I've read this year.


message 29: by Greg (new)

Greg Bettie☯ wrote: "MomToKippy wrote: "Laff wrote: "Wasn't The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah published in January 2015 and therefore not eligible for this year's Booker Prize?"
It is also chick lit garbage."

haha - I..."

Bettie, every single person that works at the library I most visit has trashed "Nightingale" as terrible chicklit. Even worse than "luckiest girl alive" one librarian told me.


message 30: by Greg (new)

Greg Bettie☯ wrote: "MomToKippy wrote: "Laff wrote: "Wasn't The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah published in January 2015 and therefore not eligible for this year's Booker Prize?"
It is also chick lit garbage."

haha - I..."

Hi Bettie, okay, I had to find out myself. Yes, it is chicklit. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. I thought Nightengale, all in all, was solid entertainment.


message 31: by Greg (new)

Greg So really, why don't we just list every single book published this year and get it over with.


message 32: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 29, 2016 09:08PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Greg wrote: "Good grief. If anyone has read Graham Swift's brilliant "Waterland" you'll probably be shocked at the huge difference in that and "Mothering Sunday." It's one of the weakest books I've read this year."

Only read his Last Orders, years ago, and wasn't overly impressed, I have to say. But that's just a matter of opinion, as some others liked the book immensely.


message 33: by Val (new)

Val Booklovinglady wrote: "Why is there an asterisk following some of the titles? "
I think they were the ones already on this list at the time I posted the comment, Booklovinglady, but the list has changed since then.


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