The 2011 Man Booker Longlist Is Announced

July 27, 2011

The Man Booker ‘Dozen’ was announced yesterday. The prize, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008, aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The Man Booker judges are selected from the country’s finest critics, writers and academics to maintain the consistent excellence of the prize.

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 four first time novelists on the list are Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness. Canadian author Alison Pick, like McGuinness, is a published poet and is joined by fellow Canadians, Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan.

The list includes one former winner, Alan Hollinghurst, who won the prize in 2004 for The Line of Beauty. He was also shortlisted in 1994 for The Folding Star. Two previously shortlisted authors also make the list: Irish writer Sebastian Barry (The Secret Scripture, 2008 and A Long Long Way, 2005) and Julian Barnes (Arthur and George, 2005, England, England, 1998 and Flaubert’s Parrot, 1984). Carol Birch was longlisted in 2003 for Turn Again Home.

The shortlist of six authors will be announced on Tuesday, September 6th. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday, October 18th at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC. The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.

The judges for the 2011 Prize are writer and journalist, Matthew d’Ancona; author, Susan Hill; author and politician, Chris Mullin and Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, Gaby Wood. Dame Stella Rimington is the Chair.

The Longlist:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (to be released in the US in Jan., 2012)
On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry (to be released in the US in Sept., 2011)
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch 
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
A Cupboard Full of Coats  by Yvvette Edwards
The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst   (to be released in the US in Oct., 2011)
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
Far to Go by Alison Pick 
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers 
Derby Day by D.J. Taylor


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  1. […] Booker Prize Longlist have been narrowed down to 6 contenders. You can see the Longlisted books in our post from July 27th.  The judges for the 2011 Prize are writer and journalist, Matthew d’Ancona; author, Susan Hill; […]

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