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Man Booker Prize longlist announced

27th July 2011

The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize has been announced, with 13 authors in contention for the GBP 50,000 award.

The 2004 winner Alan Hollinghurst is among the longlisted candidates with his novel The Stranger's Child, while Sebastian Barry, who was shortlisted in 2005 and 2008, is again in the running with On Canaan's Side.

Julian Barnes, who has made the Man Booker Prize shortlist three times, is in with a chance once more with The Sense of an Ending, while Carol Birch, who was previously longlisted in 2003, is nominated for Jamrach's Menagerie.

There are four first-time novelists in this year's longlist, with Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English, A. D. Miller's Snowdrops, A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness' The Last Hundred Days all in contention.

Canadian writer Alison Pick has been longlisted for Far to Go, alongside compatriots Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan, for The Sisters Brothers and Half Blood Blues, respectively.

The longlist is completed by Jane Rogers' The Testament of Jessie Lamb and Derby Day by D. J. Taylor.

Dame Stella Rimington, chair of the 2011 Man Booker Prize judging panel, commented: '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.'

A shortlist of six books will be unveiled on September 6th, with the winner announced during a ceremony on October 18th at London's Guildhall and presented with the GBP 50,000 prize.

Last year's Man Booker Prize was won by Howard Jacobson for The Finkler Question, his exploration of Judaism through the eyes of three men.

Andrew Motion, chair of the 2010 judging panel, described Finkler's book as 'interesting, complicated and melancholy', while also praising the author's use of humour.

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