The longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize has been announced. Not a particularly good year for me. Three of the twelve have yet to be published, and one just appeared this week (The Teleportation Accident by Ned Bauman, whose debut novel Boxer Beetle I recommended previously). Of the remaining eight, I have featured three but missed five. I will now be trying to catch up on the others before the shortlisting! Four first time novels feature on the list (Joyce, Moore, Thayil and Thompson).
Brief initial details of the books are given below and I will update if necessary.
The Yips - Nicola Barker – Fourth Estate Hardcover
The Teleportation Accident - Ned Beauman, Sceptre Hardcover just released this week
Philida - Andre Brink - Harvill Secker, presumed Hardcover, Available on September 6
The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng - Myrmidon Hardcover
Skios - Michael Frayn – Faber Hardcover
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce – Doubleday Hardcover,with limited edition of 500 copies in slipcase
Swimming Home - Deborah Levy – And Other Stories, Paperback only
Bring Up The Bodies - Hilary Mantel – Fourth Estate Hardcover, plus alimited edition of 2000 copies in slipcase
The Lighthouse - Alison Moore – Salt Modern Fiction, paperback only, available 15 August
Umbrella - Will Self – Bloomsbury Hardcover, available 30 August
Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil – Faber and Faber paperback
Communion Town - Sam Thompson – Fourth Estate Hardcover