Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist

Man Booker Prize logo 2011The longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced yesterday. The Man Booker Prize, which has been running for over 40 years, is considered to be the UK’s most prestigious literary award for fiction. In a relatively new tradition for this prize, a longlist is now announced. This consists of a ‘baker’s dozen’ (thirteen) books considered to be the best novels by a UK, Republic of Ireland, or Commonwealth author published in the UK between October 2010 and September 2011. The thirteen titles in this year’s longlist are:

  • The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes (Random House/Jonathan Cape)
  • On Canaan’s side by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
  • Jamrach’s menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate Books)
  • The Sisters brothers by Patrick deWitt (Granta)
  • Half blood blues by Esi Edugyan (Profile/Serpent’s Tail)
  • A cupboard full of coats by Yvvette Edwards (Oneworld)
  • The stranger’s child by Alan Hollinghurst (Pan Macmillan/Picador)
  • Pigeon english by Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury)
  • The last hundred days by Patrick McGuinness (Seren Books)
  • Snowdrops by A D Miller (Atlantic)
  • Far to go by Alison Pick (Headline Review)
  • The testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (Sandstone Press)
  • Derby day by D J Taylor (Random House/Chatto & Windus)

A total of 138 books were considered for this list, seven of which were ‘called in’ by the judges. Notable omissions from the longlist were The forgotten waltz by Anne Enright, Last man in tower by Aravind Adiga, Wish you were here by Graham Swift, King of the badgers by Philip Hensher, We had it so good by Linda Grant, Other people’s money by Justin Cartwright, There but for the by Ali Smith, The blue book by A L Kennedy, and Pure by Andrew Miller.

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 6 September and the winning title on Tuesday 18 October. Last year’s winner was The Finkler question by Howard Jacobson.

The Guardian – Man Booker prize 2011 longlist includes quartet of debut novels: Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English leads charge by first-time authors as previous winners fail to make 13-strong longlist

The Daily Telegraph – Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist: Alan Hollinghurst and Julian Barnes are among the 13 authors on the longlist for the 2011 Man Booker prize

The Independent – Booker Prize pits tiny Highlands publisher against literary giants

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One Response to Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist

  1. The Omnivore says:

    The Omnivore has rounded up the reviews for all the longlisted books, bringing you a critical digest of quotes from UK and US newspapers and literary journals.

    Read our roundups here: http://wp.me/pt4pK-15m

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