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Man Booker Longlist 2016 Announced

27th July 2016

The ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 books in contention for this year’s Man Booker Prize have been announced.

The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges comprising: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia Williams. It was chosen from 155 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.

The list comprises:

Paul Beatty The Sellout

J.M. Coetzee The Schooldays of Jesus

A.L. Kennedy Serious Sweet

Deborah Levy  Hot Milk  Read our exclusive author interview here

Graeme Macrae Burnet His Bloody Project

Ian McGuire The North Water Read our exclusive author interview here

David Means Hystopia

Wyl Menmuir The Many

Ottessa Moshfegh Eileen

Virginia Reeves Work Like Any Other

Elizabeth Strout My Name Is Lucy Barton  Read our exclusive author interview here

David Szalay All That Man Is

Madeleine Thien Do Not Say We Have Nothing


Chair of the 2016 judges, Amanda Foreman, said:

‘This is a very exciting year. The rangeof books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel is and can be.

From the historical to the contemporary, the satirical to the polemical,the novels in this list come from both established writers and new voices. The writing is uniformly fresh, energetic and important. It is a longlist to be relished.’

Former double winner J.M. Coetzee makes the list with TheSchooldays of Jesus. He won the then Booker Prize in 1983 with Life & Times of Michael K and then again with Disgrace in 1999, making him the first writer to win the prize twice. Deborah Levy was shortlisted for the prize in 2012 for Swimming Home. A.L. Kennedy was a judge for the prize in 1996, the year Graham Swift won with Last Orders.

Four debut novels make the longlist: Hystopia by David Means; The Many by Wyl Menmuir; Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh and Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves.

The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 13 September and the 2016 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 25 October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner, one of the highlights of the publishing year. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.

Last year’s winner was A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.


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