6 Penguin Random House titles on Man Booker Prize 2016 Longlist
The Man Booker Prize 2016 Longlist, or 'Man Booker Dozen', was announced at midday today and features six excellent works by Penguin Random House authors. These are:
J.M. Coetzee once again makes the list with The Schooldays of Jesus. Winning in 1983 with Life & Times of Michael K and in 1999 with Disgrace, he became the first author to win the prize twice.
Deborah Levy was previously shortlisted for the prize in 2012 for Swimming Home, whilst A.L Kennedy is longlisted twenty years after being a judge in 1996. Ottessa Moshfegh makes the list with her debut novel, one of four to be featured this year.
This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia Williams. It was chosen from 155 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.
The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.
Chair of the 2016 judges, Amanda Foreman, commented:
‘This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel is and can be.
‘From the historical to the contemporary, the satirical to the polemical, the novels in this list come from both established writers and new voices. The writing is uniformly fresh, energetic and important. It is a longlist to be relished.’
The shortlist and winner announcements
The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 13 September at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.
The 2016 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 25 October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner, one of the highlights of the publishing year. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.