This year has been a big year for the Booker Prize with the Man Group withdrawing after 18 years of sponsorship to be replaced by Crankstart. I doubt that will have any effect on the process of selecting novels, and am reassured to know that the prize is supported for at least the next five years.
This year’s longlist has me quite excited: I have read at least one novel from half the nominated authors and am pleased to see a relatively diverse field in terms of gender and ethnicity. As ever, The Guardian has a fuller summary of the longlist than I could hope to provide, having read none of the nominees. I look forward to the next few months of reading, and shall be posting reviews of the shortlisted books once they are announced in September.