Weekly Write-Up: 7th August 2019
by Tom Ashford
Welcome to the SPF Weekly Write-Up, where each Wednesday we collect together the self-publishing news of the week so you don’t have to.
This week is quick and breezy: the Man Booker Prize longlist is announced.
The Man Book Prize Longlist…
… is here! None of them are self-published titles, of course, as the prestigious prize is unobtainable for anyone who chooses higher royalty rates over the reassuring pat on the back which is traditional publishing, but at the very least we know that they’re books which either push the craft/art, are very well written, or have some wider impact on society as a whole. Well worth keeping an eye on, therefore.
And the 2019 longlist is…
The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
Night Boat to Tangier, by Kevin Barry
My Sister, the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellmann (a 1,000 page novel written as a single sentence, because why not?)
Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo
The Wall, by John Lanchester
The Man Who Saw Everything, by Deborah Levy
Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli
An Orchestra of Minorities, by Chigozie Obioma
Lanny, by Max Porter
Quichotte, by Salman Rushdie
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, by Elif Shafak
Frankissstein, by Jeanette Winterson
And there you go – all thirteen titles up for the top prize. Let’s see which ones get whittled down when it comes to the shortlist being announced on the 3rd September.
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