The now traditional ‘Booker dozen’ (ie thirteen books) have been selected for this year’s longlist for one of the world’s most presitgious literary fiction awards, The Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Publishers submitted a total of 124 books for consideration and a further 14 titles were ‘called in’ by the Man Booker judges.
The longlist comprises the following titles:
- Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (Faber and Faber)
- Room by Emma Donoghue (Pan MacMillan – Picador)
- The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore(Penguin – Fig Tree)
- In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Books)
- The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury)
- The Long Song by Andrea Levy (Headline Publishing Group – Headline Review)
- C by Tom McCarthy (Random House – Jonathan Cape)
- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton – Sceptre)
- February by Lisa Moore (Random House – Chatto & Windus)
- Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (Penguin – Hamish Hamilton)
- Trespass by Rose Tremain (Random House – Chatto & Windus)
- The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Grove Atlantic – Tuskar Rock)
- The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner (Random House – Jonathan Cape)
Only one novelist in the longlist is a previous winner of the Man Booker: the australian Peter Carey, twice, for Oscar and Lucinda in 1988 and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001. Galgut, Mitchell, and Tremain have previously been shortlisted for the prize. There are no first novels in this year’s longlist. Three of the books are yet to be published: Donaghue’s Room, Jacobson’s The Finkler Question and McCarthy’s C.
Notable omissions from the longlist, according to the press, were Sir Salman Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life, Ian McEwan’s Solar, and Martin Amis’s The Pregnant Widow.
Six of the longlisted titles will be picked for a shortlist to be announced on Tuesday 7 September. The winner, who recieves a prize of £50,000, will be announced Tuesday 12 October. Last year’s winner was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. As in previous years, the Library will acquire the six shortlisted titles.
The Daily Telegraph: Peter Carey could be three-time Booker winner
I have discovered a blog, The Omnivore, which collates reviews of books. It already has lists of links to reviews of the Man Booker longlisted titles.