Booker Prize 2022: Leila Mottley among nominees

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At 20, Leila Mottley is the youngest author to be nominated for the Booker Prize for her book Nightcrawling



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Leila Mottley, 20, becomes the youngest author nominated for the Booker Prize. (Image: Getty)

No fewer than 13 authors have been recognized for their work across a variety of genres in this year’s Booker Prize longlist.

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The list includes 20-year-olds Leila Mottleywho is the youngest nominated author, as well as Alan Garnerwho at the age of 87 can claim to be the oldest.

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While 2022 also sees shortest nominated book, Claire Keegan’s 116-page Small Things Like These marks three debuts and two new publishers to receive their first-ever nominations.

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When were the longlist nominations for the 2022 Booker Prize announced?

The longlist nominations for the 2022 Booker Prize were announced on Tuesday 26th July.

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Who was named on the 2022 Booker Prize longlist nominations?

In addition to Mottley, Garner and Keegan, the 2022 Booker Prize longlist includes the following authors and their works.

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The 2022 Booker Prize Longlist

  • Fame of NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Confidence by Hernan Diaz
  • The Trees by Percival Everett
  • Booth by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
  • The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shahan Karunatilaka
  • Little Things Like This by Claire Keegan
  • Case study by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • The Colony of Audrey Magee
  • Maps of our spectacular bodies by Maddie Mortimer
  • Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
  • After Sappho by Selby Lynn Schwartz
  • Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

Who are the jurors for the 2022 Booker Prize?

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In 2022, the Booker Prize jury consists of Neil MacGregor, Shahidha Bari, Helen Castor, M. John Harrison and Alain Mabanckou.

MacGregor, who will chair the jury, said the panel read and discussed 169 novels over the past seven months before deciding collectively on the longlist.

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“The list we chose features history, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller,” he said.

“The task of reducing 169 to 13 was as pleasant as it was tedious. We, the five judges, bring such different approaches and experiences to our reading that if we had left to our own devices, we probably would have made five very different lists.

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“But we read these books as a group, disagreed and discussed, compared, reflected, and re-read, and together we achieved a remarkable degree of agreement.

And added: “These are thirteen books – challenging, stimulating, surprising, nourishing – that we recommend for accurate and enjoyable reading.”

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When will the 2022 Booker Prize shortlist be announced?

The 2022 Booker Prize longlist will be reduced to a six-book shortlist to be announced on September 6th.

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The winner of the 2022 Booker Prize will be announced on October 17th.

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