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2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced was announced on 27th July.

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: 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 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK. 

2016 Man Booker Longlist

Paul Beatty (US) - The Sellout (Oneworld)

J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) - The Schooldays of Jesus (Harvill Secker)

A.L. Kennedy (UK) - Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape)

Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project (Contraband)

Ian McGuire (UK) - The North Water (Scribner UK)

David Means (US) - Hystopia (Faber & Faber)

Wyl Menmuir (UK) -The Many (Salt)

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) - Eileen (Jonathan Cape)

Virginia Reeves (US) - Work Like Any Other (Scribner UK)

Elizabeth Strout (US) - My Name Is Lucy Barton (Viking)

David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)

Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

Chair of the 2016 judges, Amanda Foreman, comments:

‘This is a very exciting year. The range of 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.’

The shortlist and winner announcements

The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 13 September. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.

The 2016 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 25 October in London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast by the BBC.

The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition. Last year’s winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, has sold over 315,000 copies to date in the UK and Commonwealth and is available in 20 languages.

The leading prize for quality fiction in English

First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is recognised as the leading prize for high quality literary fiction written in English. Its list of winners features many of the literary giants of the last four decades: from Iris Murdoch to Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan to Dame Hilary Mantel.