It is longlist time again for the €100,000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, won last year by Jim Crace for his Man Booker shortlisted Harvest.
Marlon James has spent the past few days coming to terms with the fact that, as the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner, his life has changed irrevocably.
Mindful of the fact that their shortlist announcement is a little over a fortnight away (15th September), this year's Man Booker Prize judges currently have their noses deep into second readings of the 13 books on their longlist.
Left field, surprising, ecumenical, catholic, global . . . the announcement of the 2015 Man Booker longlist has spurred a wide range of descriptive terms in newspapers, magazines and online (and, no doubt whereever books are discussed) but, so far, no one mot juste.
If reports are to be believed then the BBC has already started putting money aside for its candle budget.
David Nicholls, Man Booker longlisted in 2014 for Us, has long had a second distinguished career as a screenwriter (One Day, Starter for 10, Great Expectations). His latest project is the adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.