2020 Booker Prize Longlist Revealed

July 28, 2020 | Book Buzz

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The Booker Prize Longlist was announced on Monday, July 27. Three veteran writers have been nominated: Hilary Mantel, Colum McCann and Anne Tyler. The list also features eight debut novels by Diane Cook, Avni Doshi, Gabriel Krauze, Kiley Reid, Douglas Stuart, Brandon Taylor, Sophie Ward and C. Pam Zhang.

Two authors have been nominated for the third book of a trilogy. Tsitsi Dangarembga's This Mournable Body completes her Tambudzai Trilogy about a family in pre-independence Zimbabwe.

Hilary Mantel has been nominated for the third book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light. The first two books Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies both won the award. If The Mirror and the Light also wins, it will be the first time that each book in a trilogy received the prize and the first time an author has won the Booker Prize three times. 

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga


Not yet published in Canada

  • Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
  • Love and Other Thought Experiments by Sophie Ward
  • Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze



The Booker Prize shortlist will be announced on September 15, 2020. The winner will be revealed in October.