The Man Booker long list is out.
The 2011 Man Booker Prize longlist is out: 13 nominees, only one previous winner (Alan Hollinghurst), four first-time novelists, and perhaps too many small presses and Canadians (!) So muse the New Yorker's Book Bench and some Tweeters ("Oh dear, Canadian writers ruining everything! MT" " Monster anglophile fail"). Mind you, the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph applauds "the bravest" Booker longlist ever.
As you know, the winner is awarded 50,000 pounds and explosive book sales. Candidates are from Commonwealth countries, Republic of Ireland, and Zimbawbe. (The former Rhodesia, if you're wondering why not Kazakhstan and Chile). The six-title shortlist is out in September, and the winner is announced October 18.
The nominees (we'll start with the three Canucks, since folks have made an issue of it):
4. Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
5. Sebastian Barry, On Canaan's Side
6. Carol Birch, Jamrach's Menagerie
8. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child
10. Patrick McGuinness, The Last Hundred Days
12. Jane Rogers, The Testament of Jessie Lamb