The longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced in the UK overnight. Speaking about the 13 titles chosen from a total of 132, James Naughtie, chair of the judges, said, “We believe it to be one of the strongest lists in recent memory, with two former winners, four past-shortlisted writers, three first-time novelists and a span of styles and themes that make this an outstandingly rich fictional mix.”
The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969 and the rules state that a longlist of twelve or thirteen books – ‘The Man Booker Dozen’ – followed by a shortlist of six are selected. Each year UK publishers may submit two full-length novels published between 1 October of one year and 30 September the following year (eg. 1 October 2008 and 30 September 2009 for this year’s list) . In addition any title by an author who has previously won the Booker or Man Booker Prize may be submitted and any book by an author who has been shortlisted within the last five years is entitled to automatic entry.
Here is the longlist: