This year the longlist reflects the way in which the divisions between genres are shifting and collapsing and shows the energy and imagination with which the best new writers are confronting a world in transition.The selected titles are :
The Secret Lives of Buildings - Edward HollisThe two fiction choices are Samantha Harvey for her "moving portrayal of an Alzheimer's patient in The Wilderness", and The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw "which tells the magical story of Ida Maclaird, who is turning into glass".
Direct Red - Gabriel Weston
The Strangest Man - Graham Farmelo
A Swamp Full of Dollars - Michael Peel
The Rehearsal - Eleanor Catton
The Wilderness - Samantha Harvey
The Girl With Glass Feet - Ali Shaw
The Selected Works of TS Spivet - Reif Larsen
An Elegy for Easterly - Petina Gappah
Another book on the list that sounds particualrly interesting : Gabriel Weston's memoir Direct Red chronicles life as a surgeon:
... with eye-opening stories of panic and incompetence that some of us might, in truth, not like to know about (and) addresses some fascinating questions, such as what is it like to cut into someone else's body? Or how do you tell a beautiful, seemingly fit young man that he will be dead in days?You can read extracts of all of the titles here.
An Elegy for Easterly is a collection of short fiction, and is featured here in The Short Review.