The Booker Prize Longlist 2022

The Booker Prize Longlist 2022


The longlist for the Booker Prize 2022 has been announced!


It includes the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated, as well as the shortest book, three debuts and two new publishers receiving their first ever nominations.

Chair of the judges Neil MacGregor said ‘The list offers story, fable and parable, fantasy, mystery, meditation and thriller’.   The shortlist will be unveiled on September 6 at the Serpentine Gallery in London, and the winner will be announced at the Roundhouse on October 17.


Highlights from this year’s longlist

  • Features youngest and oldest author ever to be longlisted: 20-year-old Leila Mottley and octogenarian Alan Garner, who will celebrate his 88th birthday on the night of the winner ceremony
  • At 116 pages, Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These is the shortest book recognised in the prize’s history – the shortest to win was Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (1979) at 132 pages
  • Three debut novelists make the list: Maddie Mortimer, Leila Mottley and Selby Wynn Schwartz
  • Previously shortlisted authors NoViolet Bulawayo, Karen Joy Fowler and Graeme Macrae Burnet, and previously longlisted Elizabeth Strout are recognised
  • Majority published by independent publishers, including first time appearances from Influx Press and Sort of Books.


Cultural historian, writer and broadcaster Neil MacGregor chairs the panel and is joined by academic and broadcaster Shahidha Bari; historian Helen Castor; novelist and critic M. John Harrison; and novelist, poet and professor Alain Mabanckou.