Man Booker Baker’s Dozen Smiles on Canadian Eyes

The baker’s dozen longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced earlier today. The list features four first time novelists and no less than three Canadians! Independent publishers greatly outnumber the large trade houses with Seren Books, Oneworld and Sandstone Press making their debuts.

The 13 titles were chosen by a panel of five judges (Matthew d’Ancona, Susan Hill, Chris Mullin and Gaby Wood) and chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington. A total of 138 titles were considered for the longlist.
Julian Barnes (England)
(Jonathan Cape – Random House)
Sebastian Barry (Ireland)
Carol Birch (England)
Patrick deWitt (Canada)
Esi Edugyan (Canada)
(Serpent’s Tail – Profile)
Yvvette Edwards (England)
A Cupboard Full of Coats
Alan Hollinghurst (England)
(Picador – Pan Macmillan)
Stephen Kelman (England)
Patrick McGuinness (Tunisia/England)
(Seren Books)
A.D. Miller (England)
Alison Pick (Canada)
(Headline Review)
Jane Rogers (England)
(Sandstone Press)
D.J. Taylor (England)
(Chatto & Windus – Random House)
Title extract links courtesy of GalleyCat.
The longlist will be reduced to a shortlist of six books and announced on Tuesday September 6th at a press conference at Man Group’s London headquarters. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 18th October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC.
‘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.’

The chair of judges, Dame Stella Rimington

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