The Booker Prize 2014 Longlist revealed

Booker Prize Longlist 2014The Booker Prize 2014 Longlist has recently been revealed by this years judges, and while it’s the first in its history to admit novels from anywhere in the world, it’s also managed to become one of the most criticised longlists in its history for its narrow outlook. With complaints over a lack of international focus, too few a number of female finalists and five entries that aren’t as of yet available to the public there’s a lot to potentially point a finger at, but instead of jumping on the bandwagon swinging our own mouthy stick, we’ll let you decide for yourself:

The Booker Prize 2014 Longlist:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour


Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again At A Decent Hour, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Joshua Ferris (Viking) – Caucasian, male, from Illinois, USA

Release date – 29th May 2015

Plot – An affluent, but ultimately unfulfilled, middle aged dentist from New York discovers doppelgänger Twitter and Facebook accounts in his name as he’s trying to find meaning in his own life. The fact that the other him seems to be living a better life pushes him to the edges of his own reason, giving the book similarities to The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road To The Deep North, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus) – Caucasian, male, from Australia


Release date – 3rd July 2014

Plot – A love story between a doctor and his uncle’s wife set against the backdrop of the construction of the Thailand-Burma Death Railway in World War II. As a surgeon in one of Japan’s prisoner of war camps responsible for the construction of the railway, the horrors of the situation are his usual daily deliverances, but when a letter arrives his life gets spun in new directions.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail) – Caucasian, female, from Indiana, USA

Release date – 19th June 2014

Plot – Rosemary holds her family secrets close to her as she struggles with coming of age in college. With her brother and unique sister gone from her life she finds it time to tell her story in all it’s random craziness.

The Blazing World

Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre) – Caucasian, female, from New York USA

Release date – 13th March 2014

Plot – A New York artist’s vexations at the city’s art critic scene are expressed through a collection of texts by a scholar years after her death, documenting her plot to expose them by presenting her work through the front of three male pseudonyms.


Howard Jacobson, J, 2014 Booker PrizeAuthor – Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape) – Caucasian, male, from Manchester, UK

Release date – 14th August 2014

Plot – Howard Jacobson’s J is love story set in a future in which the past is a dangerous taboo, not to be talked about, despite the bizarre hints at what occurred. With a big event referred to as What Happened and the ever present telltale signs of brutality, it’s a dystopian story that draws parallels with George Orwell’s 1984.

Having won the 2010 Booker Prize with The Finkler Question, J is definitely one of the favourites to take the 2014 prize.

The Wake

Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound) – Caucasian, male, from Cumbria, UK

Release date – 20th March 2014

Plot – The Wake is a historical novel set in the three years following the Norman invasion of 1066. It focuses on a party of guerrilla fighters under the leadership of the Buccmaster of Holland, as they battle to repel the invading force.

The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – David Mitchell (Sceptre) – Caucasian, male, from Southport, UK

Release date – 2nd September 2014

Plot – A strange tale of the life of Holly Sykes, from her runaway teenage years to her old age on the west coast of Ireland as the World’s supply of oil begins to run out. However, there’s more to the story than a troubled existence as Holly bequeaths asylum to a strange women in her runaway years only to find that the decision would impact her forever as precognition, strange visitations, the suspension of the laws of physics and a murderous feud see her becoming the hero of the story.

The Lives of Others

Neel Mukherjee, The Lives Of Others, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus) – Indian, male, from West Bengal, India

Release date – 22nd May 2014

Plot – Political extremism and family life combine in Mukerjee’s story of Calcutta in 1967. The tide of change is all around the Goshes family and rivalries, secrets, financial breakdown and a fractured society swirl up the silt of worry.


Us, David Nicholls, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton) – Caucasian, male, from Hampshire, UK

Release date – 30th September 2014

Plot – Us is the story of Douglas Petersen’s broken marriage and a troubled relationship with his son. Just as it’s all crumbling to tatters he devises a plan to try to repair it all over the course of a grand tour holiday in Europe.

The Dog

Joseph O'Neill, The Dog jacket, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate) – Caucasian, male, from Cork, Republic of Ireland

Release date – 31st July 2014

Plot – Joseph O’Neill’s latest novel is an out of the frying pan into the fire story of an attorney that takes a job in Dubai as he looks for a fresh start following the end of his previous relationship. However, as he takes on the role of overseer to a massive family fortune he finds that the grass isn’t always greener and old baggage isn’t so easily swapped for shiny new fare.


Richard Powers, Orfeo, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Richard Powers (Atlantic Books) – Caucasian, male, from Illinois, USA

Release date – 3rd April 2014

Plot – A 77 year old avant-garde composer turned microbiologist finds himself in a countrywide witch hunt as homeland security implicate him as a bioterrorist. Going into hiding and attempting to visit his loved ones he hatches a plan to fight back in his own unique way.

How to be Both

Ali Smith, How To Be Both, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) – Caucasian, female, from Inverness, Scotland

Release date – 4th September 2014

Plot – Structure, form and time blur the lines of literary norms as Ali weaves a story of the versatility of art that ranges from the 1960s to renaissance art in 1460. Two stories of love, art and injustice interweave into one truth that seems to imply that people never change.

History of the Rain

Niall Williams, History Of The Rain, 2014 Booker Prize longlistAuthor – Niall Williams (Bloomsbury) – Caucasian, male, from Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Release date – 10th April 2014

Plot – The bedridden daughter of a dead poet pledges to work her way through her father’s vast collection of 3,958 books from her bedroom, in which all of the books have been piled.

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