Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize has been announced, and I'm glad I didn't make any predictions. I had a dream last night that the judges chose a list full of completely unknown authors and, as it turns out, my subconscious wasn't far wrong.

These are the 13 titles in the running for the £50,000 prize:

Julian Barnes
The Sense of an Ending
(Jonathan Cape - Random House)

Sebastian Barry
On Canaan's Side

Carol Birch
Jamrach's Menagerie
(Canongate Books)

Patrick deWitt
The Sisters Brothers

Esi Edugyan
Half Blood Blues
(Serpent's Tail - Profile)

Yvvette Edwards
A Cupboard Full of Coats

Alan Hollinghurst
The Stranger's Child
(Picador - Pan Macmillan)

Stephen Kelman
Pigeon English

Patrick McGuinness
The Last Hundred Days
(Seren Books)

A.D. Miller

Alison Pick
Far to Go
(Headline Review)

Jane Rogers
The Testament of Jessie Lamb
(Sandstone Press)

D.J. Taylor
Derby Day
(Chatto & Windus - Random House)

This year's judges are chaired by Dame Stella Rimington,
former Director-General of MI5 and writer of spy thrillers.
Her co-judges are the politician and author Chris Mullin;
the writer and journalist Matthew d'Ancona;  
Daily Telegraph's Head of Books Gaby Wood
and author Susan Hill who, bravely, is on Twitter (@susanhillwriter).

I'm gobsmacked at the omission of Aravind Adiga and Edward St Aubyn, and I will never forgive you for leaving Paul Bailey off the list, Susan!


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