Man Booker Prize longlist announced
LONDON, July 26 ― A twelve-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2012 has been revealed by its judging panel, with choices including Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil and Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.
Mantel’s Wolf Hall was awarded the Prize in 2009, while Narcopolis is the feverish debut novel from Indian-born Jeet Thayil, one of three non-British authors to make the longlist.
By the time the six-author shortlist is announced on September 11, all twelve novels will be available for public consumption. Andre Brink’s Philida is scheduled for release the week before, while Umbrella by Will Self and The Lighthouse by Alison Moore are due in August.
The Man Booker Prize picks out the best new novels from Commonwealth, Irish and Zimbabwean authors, and its panel will issue its final assessment on October 16. The Nobel Prize in Literature is expected not long after, while this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction was won by Madeline Miller for The Song of Achilles. ― AFP/Relaxnews
The Man Booker Prize 2012 longlist
The Yips by Nicola Barker (Fourth Estate)
The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)
Philida by André Brink (Harvill Secker)
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng (Myrmidon Books)
Skios by Michael Frayn (Faber & Faber)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Doubleday)
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (And Other Stories)
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore (Salt)
Umbrella by Will Self (Bloomsbury)
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil (Faber & Faber)
Communion Town by Sam Thompson (Fourth Estate)