Last week (July 31), The Guardian presented its longlist for their annual Not the Booker prize, an annual tradition run by journalist Sam Jordison, who facilitates the yearly competition. The list, which is poll-voted and consisted of approximately 200 entrants (195, to be exact) this time around, has since been condensed to five contenders with yesterday’s shortlist reveal.
In addition to this year’s contestants, there will also be a wild-card entry that’s chosen by a panel of three judges. Jordison plans to return next week with the unveiling of the additional book.
See this year’s frontrunners below, and learn more about how you can be one of three judges in the final round.
1. Not Thomas, Sara Gethin
She’s knocking on the front door. She’s knocking and knocking. I’m not opening the door. I’m not letting her in. I’m behind the black chair. I’m waiting for her to go away. Tomos lives with his mother. He longs to return to another place, the place he thinks of as home, and the people who lived there, but he’s not allowed to see them again. He is five years old and at school, which he loves. Miss teaches him about all sorts of things, and she listens to him. Sometimes he’s hungry and Miss gives him her extra sandwiches. She gives him a warm coat from Lost Property, too. There are things Tomos cannot talk about – except to Cwtchy – and then, just before Easter, the things come to a head. There are bad men outside who want to come in, and Mammy has said not to answer the door. From behind the big chair, Tomos waits, trying to make himself small and quiet. He doesn’t think it’s Santa Claus this time. When the men get in, Tomos’s world is turned on its head and nothing will ever be the same again.