The thirteen books on the Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist were announced last night.
The longlisted titles were chosen by a panel of five judges chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington from a whopping 138 books.
The so-called ‘Man Booker Dozen’ include : one former Man Booker Prize winner (Alan Hollinghurst, in 2004); three previously shortlisted writers (Alan Hollinghurst, Sebastian Barry and Julian Barnes); one longlisted author (Carol Birch); two poets (Alison Pick and Patrick McGuiness); four first time novelists (Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness) and three Canadian writers (Alison Pick, Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan).
- Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending
- Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side
- Carol Birch Jamrach’s Menagerie
- Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers
- Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues
- Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats
- Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger’s Child
- Stephen Kelman Pigeon English
- Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days
- A.D. Miller Snowdrops
- Alison Pick Far to Go
- Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb
- D.J. Taylor Derby Day
The Guardian online has a beautiful “Man Booker Longlist in Pictures” post with the cover art and a short precis of each book and a link to a review of that book.
The shortlist of six will be announced on Tuesday 6 September and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 18 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall.
The Man Booker Prize is worth £50,000 to the winner and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.
As well as Dame Stella Rimington as the Chair, writer and journalist, Matthew d’Ancona; author, Susan Hill; author and politician, Chris Mullin and Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, Gaby Wood are on the judging panel.
Hollinghurst and Barnes are the front-runners at this early stage but going on the covers I’m going to back Derby Day, The Last Hundred Days and The Sisters Brothers. I’d have to back The Sisters Brothers for the title too.
What do you think?