The longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been announced. This year’s list of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, who said: “The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing. All of them do something exciting with the language they have chosen to use.” The judges considered 156 books for this year’s prize and, first awarded in 1969, it is the second year in which it has been open to any writer, writing originally in English and published in the UK, irrespective of nationality.

Waterstones has put out their always pretty version of the longlist of Man Booker Prize candidates! 

Check out who made the list! Any you’ve read?


Someone from Waterstones Books snapped a picture of GRRM’s 3 page original letter that outlines ASOIAF. Some pretty awesome insights (and potential spoilers for future volumes of ASOIAF herein)

Want to guess which 5 characters were originally intended to survive the series? (Those potential spoilers are in the letter)


I apologise for my recent quietness, I promise I am working on things! I’ll also follow that statement up by saying I got a puppy so I’m trying to balance working with making sure he doesn’t chew the staircase - in the meantime, here’s a window painting I did last week in Waterstones Oxford. If you’re local come have a look :)