The Guardian has unveiled its massive longlist for the annual “Not the Booker” prize, an alternative to one of the UK’s (or, perhaps, THE) biggest literary awards, and the titles are quite exciting: Louis Armand’s Cairo, which we published an excerpt from back in December, is included, as are books from Lee Rourke, Dave Eggers, Susan Barker, and the list just goes on and on and on. Here’s what The Guardian has to say about the longlist:
Those are the books you’ve selected for this year’s Not the Booker prize. I’m not even going to count them, there are so many. The thought makes my brain ache. And that’s just the way we like it: challenging, overwhelming, diverse, divisive, full of books of every imaginable type. Interesting, in short.
But wonderful as that list may be, we now have to cut it down. We have to choose the six books that will go though into the next round. And when I say “we”, I really mean you.
— Benjamin Woodard