Friday, July 29, 2011

2011 Man Booker nominees

The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction - the ‘Man Booker Dozen' - is announced today, Tuesday 26 July. The 13 books on the list include: one former Man Booker Prize winner; two previously shortlisted writers and one longlisted author; four first time novelists and three Canadian writers. The list also includes three new publishers to the prize - Oneworld, Sandstone Press and Seren Books.

The titles were chosen by a panel of five judges chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.

A total of 138 books, seven of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen' longlist. They are:
  1. Julian Barnes- The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House)
  2. Sebastian Barry- On Canaan's Side (Faber)
  3. Carol Birch- Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books)
  4. Patrick deWitt- The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
  5. Esi Edugyan- Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail)
  6. Yvvette Edwards- A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
  7. Alan Hollinghurst- The Stranger's Child (Picador - Pan Macmillan)
  8. Stephen Kelman- Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
  9. Patrick McGuinness- The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)
  10. A.D. Miller- Snowdrops (Atlantic)
  11. Alison Pick- Far to Go (Headline Review)
  12. Jane Rogers- The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
  13. D.J. Taylor- Derby Day (Chatto & Windus - Random House)
The chair of judges, Dame Stella Rimington, comments:
'We are delighted by the quality and breadth of our longlist, which emerged from an impassioned discussion. The list ranges from the Wild West to multi-ethnic London via post-Cold War Moscow and Bucharest, and includes four first novels.'

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