At the beginning of the week The Lost Man Booker Prize longlist was announced.
The Lost Man Booker Prize is a one-off which aims to honour books that were published in 1970 and which missed out on the opportunity to win the Booker Prize because of a change in the way the prize was administered. In 1971, two years after its inception, the Booker Prize ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became a prize for the best novel in the year of publication. At the same time the date on which the award was given moved from April to November and so there was a whole year’s gap when fiction published in 1970 missed out on being eligible for the prize.
The Lost Man Booker Prize is the brainchild of Peter Straus, honorary archivist to the Booker Prize Foundation. He comments, “I noticed that when Robertson Davies’s Fifth Business was first published it carried encomiums from Saul Bellow and John Fowles both of whom judged the 1971 Booker Prize. However judges for 1971 said it had not been considered or submitted. This led to an investigation which concluded that a year had been excluded. I am delighted that, even in a Darwinian way, this year, with so many extraordinary novels, can now be covered by the Man Booker Prize.”
The judging panel consists of three judges who were were born in or around 1970. They are journalist and critic Rachel Cooke, ITN newsreader Katie Derham and poet and novelist Tobias Hill.
The shortlist of 6 novels will be announced in March and the overall winner will be announced in May. The international reading public will decide the winner by voting via the Man Booker Prize website, when we will be able to get behind Australian born Shirley Hazzard or the amazing Patrick White – keep reading this blog for more details of that when they emerge.
Anyway, here is the longlist. If you click on the link you go to the Lost Man Booker Prize page and can read more about each author and book in the list. Enjoy.
- Brian Aldiss – The Hand Reared Boy
- H.E.Bates, – A Little Of What You Fancy?
- Nina Bawden – The Birds On The Trees
- Melvyn Bragg – A Place In England
- Christy Brown – Down All The Days
- Len Deighton – Bomber
- J.G.Farrell – Troubles
- Elaine Feinstein – The Circle
- Shirley Hazzard – The Bay Of Noon
- Reginald Hill – A Clubbable Woman
- Susan Hill – I’m The King Of The Castle
- Francis King – A Domestic Animal
- Margaret Laurence – The Fire Dwellers
- David Lodge – Out Of The Shelter
- Iris Murdoch – A Fairly Honourable Defeat
- Shiva Naipaul – Fireflies
- Patrick O’Brian – Master and Commander
- Joe Orton – Head To Toe
- Mary Renault – Fire From Heaven
- Ruth Rendell – A Guilty Thing Surprised
- Muriel Spark – The Driver’s Seat
- Patrick White – The Vivisector