Booker Prize Longlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize 2011 Longlist is out. One of the nominees is Esi Edugyan. Her first novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, drew comparisons to early VS Naipaul with its “fine writing, subtle characterisation and convincing portrayal of place and period.” These qualities are abundant in Half Blood Blues, a powerful and atmospheric novel tracing the lives of a group of young men and the burden of secrets that they carry.

The longlist in full is:
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape)
On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate Books)
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Granta)
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan (Serpent’s Tail)
A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards (Oneworld)
The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst (Picador)
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury)
The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness (Seren Books)
Snowdrops by AD Miller (Atlantic)
Far to Go by Alison Pick (Headline Review)
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers (Sandstone Press)
Derby Day by DJ Taylor (Chatto & Windus – Random House)

The shortlist of six will be announced on 6 September and the winner on 18 October.

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,July 28, 2011.

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