July 29, 2015

The 2015 Man Booker Prize longlist is in, and this year’s selection is roughly half men (six) and half women (seven). The prize was historically limited to authors from the U.K., the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe; this is only the second year that it has been open to anyone writing in the English language and published in the U.K. The longlist includes five American authors, up from four last year.

One author on the list, Anne Enright, has already won a Man Booker Prize for her 2007 novel The Gathering. Tom McCarthy, Andrew O’Hagan and Marilynne Robinson have all previously been shortlisted, though Robinson was then in the Man Booker International Prize category, which has been reenvisioned to award a book in translation now that the general award is open to all Anglophone writers.

This year’s roundup also includes three debut novels, from Bill Clegg, Chigozie Obioma and Anna Smaill.

Bill Clegg (U.S.) — Did You Ever Have a Family

Anne Enright (Ireland) — The Green Road

Marlon James (Jamaica) — A Brief History of Seven Killings

Laila Lalami (U.S.) — The Moor’s Account

Tom McCarthy (U.K.) — Satin Island

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) — The Fishermen

Andrew O’Hagan (U.K.) — The Illuminations

Marilynne Robinson (U.S.) — Lila

Anuradha Roy (India) — Sleeping on Jupiter

Sunjeev Sahota (U.K.) — The Year of the Runaways

Anna Smaill (New Zealand) — The Chimes

Anne Tyler (U.S.) — A Spool of Blue Thread

Hanya Yanagihara (U.S.) — A Little Life

The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 15, and the winner on Oct. 13. Shortlisters will be awarded with £2,500 ($3,918) and the winner will receive an additional £50,000 ($78,358).

 

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