2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction – longlist announcement

July 29, 2009 at 8:59 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Events | 1 Comment

The judges for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction today, Tuesday 28 July, announce the longlist for the prize, the leading literary award in the English speaking world.

A total of 132 books, 11 of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ longlist of 13 books.

The longlist includes: (Author, Title, Publisher)

Byatt, AS The Children’s Book Random House – Chatto and Windus

Coetzee, J M Summertime Random House – Harvill Secker

Foulds, Adam The Quickening Maze Random House – Jonathan Cape

Hall, Sarah How to paint a dead man Faber and Faber

Harvey, Samantha The Wilderness Random House – Jonathan Cape

Lever, James Me Cheeta HarperCollins – Fourth Estate

Mantel, Hilary Wolf Hall HarperCollins – Fourth Estate

Mawer, Simon The Glass Room Little, Brown

O’Loughlin, Ed Not Untrue & Not Unkind Penguin – Ireland

Scudamore, James Heliopolis Random House – Harvill Secker

Toibin, Colm Brooklyn Penguin – Viking

Trevor, William Love and Summer Penguin – Viking

Waters, Sarah The Little Stranger Little, Brown – Virago

The chair of judges, James Naughtie, said today:

“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.

“We considered more than 130 novels (including the work of nine former winners) and found ourselves travelling in a fertile landscape. We kept discovering new talent as well as reacquainting ourselves with familiar writers, and emerged with a feeling that we were part of an exceptional year.

“Our fiction is in the hands of original and dedicated writers with fresh and appealing voices. This is an eclectic list, taking us from the court of Henry VIII to the Hollywood jungle, with stops along the way in a nineteenth century Essex asylum, an African warzone and a futuristic Brazilian city among other places.

“These are books that readers will want to get their hands on.”

The 2009 shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 8 September at a press conference at Man Group’s London headquarters. The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009 will be revealed on Tuesday 6 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast live on the BBC Ten O’Clock News.

Chaired by broadcaster and author James Naughtie, the 2009 judges are Lucasta Miller, biographer and critic; Michael Prodger, Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph; Professor John Mullan, academic, journalist and broadcaster and Sue Perkins, comedian, journalist and broadcaster.

To celebrate the longlist announcement, the 2009 Man Booker Prize will be showcased as part of the One & Other project on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. On Tuesday 11 August at 11am, a Man Booker Prize enthusiast will give readings from all 13 longlisted titles and then give away copies of the books.

For further information about the prize please visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com

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