The recent publication of the Man Booker Longlist has lead me to ask: how religiously do you follow long or short lists for these prizes? Do you know when each prize is due to be announced or do you go: “didnt they announce the winner the other week?” (thinking of the longlist or a completely different prize).
I know that some people will follow one or more prize, and will attempt to read the winner, short list and/or long list. I dont pick up a book purely because it is a prize winner – I pick them up because I think I might like it. I’ve picked up Wolf Hall as an Audible audiobook, not because it was a prize winner, but because I’ve heard other people recommending the audiobook and the narrator in particular. Still havent managed to listen to it – it’s long and I have other books to get through – but it’ll happen sooner or later!
And no, I dont follow the dates of when the prizes are to be announced.
So, how religiously do you follow long or short lists for these prizes?