They’ve announced this year’s Man Booker Prize Longlist.

  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, by Joshua Ferris (US)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan (Australia)
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler (US)
  • The Blazing World, by Siri Hustvedt (US)
  • J, by Howard Jacobson (Britain)
  • The Wake, by Paul Kingsnorth (Britain)
  • The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell (Britain)
  • The Lives of Others, by Neel Mukherjee (Britain)
  • Us, by David Nicholls (Britain)
  • The Dog, by Joseph O’Neill (Ireland)
  • Orfeo, by Richard Powers (US)
  • How to Be Both, by Ali Smith (Britain)
  • History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Ireland)

For the first time in its history, the Man Booker Prize is open to English-language writers from anywhere in the world, making many afraid that American writers would overwhelm the field. As it happens, there are four Americans in the mix (but no one from any other newly eligible area, not that there are many other newly eligible areas).

The list does leave off some names often associated with The Man Booker Prize, such as Ian McEwan (for The Children Act), Damon Galgut (for Arctic Summer), Nicola Barker (for The Approaches), and Sarah Waters (for The Paying Guests), among others. It also leaves off, to the relief of some, the book that has been critically acclaimed in America, this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt.

The Man Booker Prize thread of The Mookse and the Gripes forum is already quite lively with discussion, so you can go there to join in the conversation.

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