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Coetzee makes Man Booker Dozen

29th July 2009

This year's longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced.

The famous list of 13 titles, known as the Man Booker Dozen, this year includes a former winner, J M Coetzee, for Summertime.

Mr Coetzee is one of a couple of novelists to have won the award on two separate occasions, with his works Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace.

Another former Booker winner A S Byatt has also won a nomination for this year's award, for her work The Children's Book.

She won the Booker Prize in 1990 for Possession.

Other nominees include Sarah Waters, Colm Toibin and William Trevor, who have all been shortlisted for the awards on previous occasions.

Chair of judges James Naughtie said: 'The five Man Booker judges have settled on thirteen novels as the longlist for this year's prize.

'We believe it to be one of the strongest lists in recent memory, with two former winners, four past-shortlisted writers, three first-time novelists and a span of styles and themes that make this an outstandingly rich fictional mix.'

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