Booker Prize 2022 longlist

The 2022 Booker Prize longlist is at long last with us, and the choices, as usual, did not disappoint. This year's list will make Booker history for multiple reasons as it includes three fantastic debut novels, the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated, two new publishers receiving their first nominations, and the shortest book to ever be recognised. The shortlist will be revealed on September 6, so there is plenty of time to get stuck in to this year's longlist, which certainly offers something for everyone. Here is the 2022 long list:


Some of the Booker Prize longlist titles.

Some of the Booker Prize longlist titles.


Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo

Trust by Hernan Diaz

The Trees by Percival Everett

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Treacle Walker by Alan Garner

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet

The Colony by Audrey Magee

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies by Maddie Mortimer

After Sappho by Selby Wynn Schwartz

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

Remember: you can browse these titles and hundreds more on our online library catalogue!

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Summer Reading Challenge 2022

Join Aura Libraries for a summer of science, reading, creativity and fun! To take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge organised by The Reading Agency, children will need to read six books throughout the summer, collect goodies along the way with each book that they read, and finally receive an extra special medal and certificate at the end of the summer holidays in celebration of completing the challenge. Children can join the challenge at the library or online via the Summer Reading Challenge website where they can rate and review books, download activities, and access video content, games and quizzes. The purpose of this free reading for pleasure programme is to encourage children aged four to 11 years to keep reading during the summer holidays, and visit their local library to help maintain their reading skills and confidence. This year's theme, 'Gadgeteers', is all about science and innovation.

Come and join the fun and be a Gadgeteer with Aura Libraries! Pop in to your local library or visit to view our list of Summer Reading Challenge activities including workshops with authors Karen McCombie and Ben Davis, plus mad science workshops, Lego clubs and Xplore Science Wrexham. We hope to see you soon!

Fit, Fed and Read with Aura

We have been enjoying joining our colleagues from the Aura Sports Development team at Fit, Fed and Read sessions across Flintshire this summer. Come along and enjoy various sports activities, plus Summer Reading Challenge activities and crafts. Food, snacks and drinks are provided at these free sessions to promote a healthy diet and all round well-being. There are sessions in: Holywell, Buckley, Aston, Saltney, Flint, Mold and Mostyn. We hope you can join us!

For dates, locations and more information about the Fit, Fed and Read sessions, please visit the Aura Sport Development Facebook page: @AuraSportDev or contact your local library.

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From everyone here at Aura Libraries, thank you for reading, stay safe and we hope to hear from you or see you soon!

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