The longlist will be announced soon. Below are examples of the types of books that would have been eligible for the Book Prize in their years of publication.
Set over the course of a single day in the life of successful neurosurgeon Henry Perowne, 'Saturday' serves as a near-perfect example of its author's talent for unravelling the seemingly innocuous facets of modern life into chains of devastating consequences. Perowne's day begins ordinarily, though it soon spirals out of his control. As in other McEwan works, external events, even those of ostensibly no personal significance, can throw disconnected lives together and tear others apart.
Illness as Metaphor (1978)
Sontag's influential work explores popular attitudes towards illness, deconstructing the harmful myths and metaphors that have commonly been applied in discussing medicine and ill health throughout history. Focusing on tuberculosis in the 19th century and cancer in the 20th, the author powerfully argues that the politics of the language governing their treatment have often exacerbated the conditions themselves.