- Carys Bray, A Song for Issy Bradley (Hutchinson)
- Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist (Picador)
- Alex Christofi, Glass (Serpent’s Tail)
- Claire Fuller, Our Endless Numbered Days (Fig Tree)
- Jonathan Gibbs, Randall, or the Painted Grape (Galley Beggar Press)
- James Hannah, An A-Z of You and Me (Doubleday)
- Emma Healey, Elizabeth Is Missing (Viking)
- Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake (Unbound)
- Laline Paull, The Bees (Fourth Estate)
- Simon Wroe, Chop Chop (Viking)
First impressions? Elizabeth Is Missing was, of course, my favourite book read in 2014 (immediately ahead of last year’s Desmond Elliott winner, as it happens), so that’s my front-runner going into the shadowing. I’m also particularly pleased to see The Wake getting a nod. The biggest omission for me is Lucy Wood’s Weathering, a superb novel which I thought would be a dead cert for this longlist. Whatever else happens with this year’s Prize, I will be disappointed that Weathering is not in the mix.
Still, on we go. The links in the list above will take you to my reviews of the longlisted titles; I’ll be adding as many as I can in the weeks ahead. Finally, let me introduce you to the other members of this year’s shadow panel: El Ashfield, Dan Lipscombe, Zoe Venditozzi and Sarah Watkins.