This morning, the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist was announced. This is a big year for the prestigious award, which celebrates “the finest in fiction,” as it is the first time that authors across the globe can be nominated. In previous years, the award was exclusively for novels written by citizens of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be chaired by AC Grayling, who says of the longlist:
“There’s a lot of perceptiveness and wisdom in these books, some of them are quite moving and all of them are very difficult to put down once you get into them – a feature of just how richly textured they are and what great stories they tell.”
It is an exceptional selection of books, but I am most excited to see Us by David Nicholls, author of the 2009 hit One Day, featured. I was lucky enough to read the manuscript of Us earlier in the summer and highly recommend picking it up in October, when it will finally be available in Canada. Through one family’s trip across Europe, Us explores the familial roles individuals play: as husbands and wives; as parents and children; as one “me” in a group of “we”. A difficult topic, but Nicholls reveals the complexities of marriage and family in a tender and compassionate—albeit at times, funny—way. It is a must-read.