[Blackstudies-l] Marlon James on Man Booker long list

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Thu Jul 30 06:58:38 EDT 2015

   lisaparavisini posted: " The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the
£50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today, Wednesday 29 July 2015. This
year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired
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*The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/> is announced today, Wednesday 29 July

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges
chaired by Michael Wood
<http://themanbookerprize.com/people/michael-wood-chair>, and also
comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/ellah-wakatama-allfrey>, John
Burnside <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/john-burnside>, Sam Leith
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/sam-leith> and Frances Osborne
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/frances-osborne>. The judges
considered 156 books for this year’s prize.

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This is the second year that the prize, first awarded in 1969, has been
open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and
published in the UK.  Previously, the prize was open only to authors from
the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.

The 2015 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

*Author (nationality) - Title (imprint)*

Bill Clegg <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/bill-clegg> (US) - *Did
You Ever Have a Family*
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/did-you-ever-have-family> (Jonathan

Anne Enright <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/anne-enright>
(Ireland) - *The Green Road*
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/green-road> (Jonathan Cape)

Marlon James <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/marlon-james>
(Jamaica) - *A Brief History of Seven Killings*
(Oneworld Publications)

Laila Lalami <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/laila-lalami> (US) - *The
Moor's Account* <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/moors-account>
(Periscope, Garnet Publishing)

Tom McCarthy <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/tom-mccarthy>
(UK) - *Satin
Island* <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/satin-island> (Jonathan

Chigozie Obioma <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/chigozie-obioma>
(Nigeria) - *The Fishermen*
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/fishermen> (ONE, Pushkin Press)

Andrew O’Hagan <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/node/603> (UK) - *The
Illuminations* <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/illuminations>
(Faber & Faber)

Marilynne Robinson
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/content/marilynne-robinson> (US) - *Lila*

Anuradha Roy <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/anuradha-roy> (India)
- *Sleeping on Jupiter*
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/sleeping-jupiter> (MacLehose Press,

Sunjeev Sahota <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/sunjeev-sahota>
(UK) - *The Year of the Runaways*
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/year-runaways> (Picador)

Anna Smaill <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/anna-smaill> (New
Zealand) - *The Chimes* <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/chimes>

Anne Tyler <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/content/anne-tyler> (US) - *A
Spool of Blue Thread*
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/spool-blue-thread> (Chatto & Windus)

Hanya Yanagihara <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/hanya-yanagihara>
(US) - *A Little Life* <http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/little-life>

Chair of the 2015 judges, Michael Wood
<http://www.themanbookerprize.com/people/c-grayling>, comments:

‘We had a great time choosing this list. Discussions weren’t always
peaceful, but they were always very friendly. We were lucky in our
companions and the submissions were extraordinary. The longlist could have
been twice as long, but we’re more than happy with our final choice.

‘The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing.
All of them do something exciting with the language they have chosen to

The judges were struck by the international spectrum of the novels, with
the longlist featuring three British writers, five US writers and one
apiece from the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, India, Nigeria and
Jamaica. Marlon James, who currently lives in Minneapolis, is the first
Jamaican-born author to be nominated for the prize. Laila Lalami, now based
in Santa Monica but born in Rabat, is the first Moroccan-born.

One former winner, Anne Enright, is longlisted. The Irish writer won the
prize in 2007 with *The Gathering*. She is joined by two formerly
shortlisted British writers: Tom McCarthy (2010, *C*) and Andrew O’Hagan
(1999, *Our Fathers*, and longlisted for *Be Near Me, *2006). US author
Marilynne Robinson has been shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize
twice, in 2011 and 2013.

There are three debut novelists on the list: Bill Clegg, Chigozie Obioma
and Anna Smaill.

Four independent publishers are on the list, with Garnet Publishing and
Pushkin Press appearing for the first time.

For the original report go to
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