Man Booker Prize 2011 Longlist

I have been monitoring twitter for the past four hours for this announce. According to the announcement:

A total of 138 books, seven of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen' longlist. They are:
  • Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape - Random House)
  • Sebastian Barry On Canaan's Side (Faber)
  • Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie (Canongate Books)
  • Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
  • Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues (Serpent's Tail - Profile)
  • Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
  • Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger's Child (Picador - Pan Macmillan)
  • Stephen Kelman Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
  • Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)
  • A.D. Miller Snowdrops (Atlantic)
  • Alison Pick Far to Go (Headline Review)
  • Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
  • D.J. Taylor Derby Day (Chatto & Windus - Random House)
The chair of judges, Dame Stella Rimington, comments:
We are delighted by the quality and breadth of our longlist, which emerged from an impassioned discussion. The list ranges from the Wild West to multi-ethnic London via post-Cold War Moscow and Bucharest, and includes four first novels.
The four first time novelists on the list are Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness. Canadian author Alison Pick, like McGuinness, is a published poet and is joined by fellow Canadians, Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan, on the longlist.
The shortlist of six authors will be announced on Tuesday 6 September at a press conference at Man Group's London headquarters. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 18 October at a dinner at London's Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC.
The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.
The judges for the 2011 Prize are writer and journalist, Matthew d'Ancona; author, Susan Hill; author and politician, Chris Mullin and Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, Gaby Wood. Dame Stella Rimington is the Chair.


  1. I have only heard of one of these books, but am eager to find out more about them as the time comes closer. Thanks for sharing this with us Nana. I always look forward to the Man Booker every year.

  2. Well, I'm excited to see some Canadians on the list! The only book I've read from the list though was Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English which I didn't enjoy at all :P Are any of the titles this year by Africans?

  3. @Zibilee... I got to hear of some titles when people started guessing the titles/authors likely to be in the longlist

  4. @Amy there are three Canadians. No... no African made the list. The only one with a Ghanaian name, Esi Edugyan of Half Blood Blues, is a Canadia, perhaps 'born and bread' in Canada.

  5. Good about the Canadians but disappointing that they've ignored all of Africa...

  6. @Amy... yes. Perhaps another time. Planning on reading any of these?

  7. Well, I might have to check out the Canadian contributions, especially Esi Edugyan who you mention has a Ghanaian name :)

  8. @Amy... yes both names are Ghanaian names. I've been reading about her and seems her first book , The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, has part of it set in Ghana; though I am yet to read any biography that has a link to Ghana. Her bio begins with: 'Raised in Calgary ....'

    I'd be happy to read your views. According to reviews it is set in Berlin 1939. Perhaps it might be a whodunit. Check her out here

  9. like yourself I've been watching this via twitter & am not sure what I think of the list, I like the idea of a couple of them, but will need to research more in depth before deciding which to plump for.

  10. "Pigeon English" also has a Ghanaian connection of sorts, as I believe it is about a young Ghanaian boy in an estate in the UK. This was already on one of my wish lists; I think I should add Edugyan's novel (and maybe her first one) too!

  11. @PL, I am looking for a review of the list from the guardian books or any other trusted source.

  12. @Nina, thanks. Haven't read any of the books.

  13. The Omnivore has rounded up the reviews for all the longlisted books, bringing you a critical digest of quotes from UK and US newspapers and literary journals.

    Read our roundups here:

  14. thanks for the info, Omnivore, I am heading there.

  15. I have been late in publishing this... I just noticed I recently purchase one of Sebastian's books who is on the longlist once again.

  16. You do well in your purchases. Able to spot good books. You can always publish it and it's barely a day old. Most are still in the dark, promise you that.

  17. I'm excited about the prize as always. I haven't read any of the books (lots of them aren't out the US yet) and I was disappointed not to see China Mieville's name but maybe someday!

  18. @Marie, I heard it mentioned in a few predictive-list. However, others too claim his/hers is a genre literature. Are genres not literary?


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