Anne Tyler, Marilynne Robinson Up for Booker Fiction Prize

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Long list for 2015 Man Booker Prize revealed.

Andrew O’Hagan, Tom McCarthy and Sunjeev Sahota were the only three home-grown contenders for the £50,000 prize, which began accepting books by American authors for the first time last year.This year marks only the second time that the Man Booker International Prize has been open to writers of any nationality, but the United States appears to making its mark.

The long list of 13 titles for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English, published on Wednesday, features the first Jamaican author in contention for the 50,000-pound ($78,000 U.S.) prize. The increased competition meant that there was no room for prominent authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie and Pat Barker, all of whose books are understood to have been submitted for consideration. Five writers from the U.S. and one from Jamaica made the longlist for the prestigious literary honor, which was once only open to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Perhaps the most notable inclusion is debut novelist Bill Clegg, better known as a U.S. literary agent (he represented Matthew Thomas’s smash hit We Are Not Ourselves) and memoirist. Marlon James is nominated for his third novel, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” the story of the attempted assassination of reggae singer Bob Marley and its aftermath in the Jamaica of the 1970s and early 80s.

Winning the prize can be quite a sales boost: Last year’s winner, Australian novelist Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has sold 300,000 copies in the UK and almost 800,000 worldwide, according to As The Guardian notes, Clegg is famous for “his ruthless negotiating and memoirs recounting his struggles with crack-cocaine and alcohol.” He is nominated this year for Did You Ever Have A Family, which has not yet been published (though this nomination will surely add to the book’s buzz).

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