By Mahita Gajanan
July 27, 2016

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist is here, and this year’s selection of 13 novels is roughly half men (seven) and half women (six). Although the prize was historically limited to authors from the U.K, the Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe, 2016 is the third year it is open to anyone writing in English and published in the U.K. The longlist includes five American writers, the same number as last year.

On the list is author J.M. Coetzee, who has won the Man Booker Prize twice before, once in 1983 for his novel Life & Times of Michael K and again in 1999 with the novel Disgrace. Other longlisters include Deborah Levy, who was previously shortlisted for the prize, and A.L. Kennedy, a prize judge in 1996. The list also includes four debut novels: Hystopia by David Means, The Many by Wyl Menmuir, Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh and Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves.

Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout

J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) – The Schooldays of Jesus

A.L. Kennedy (UK) – Serious Sweet

Deborah Levy (UK) – Hot Milk

Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – His Bloody Project

Ian McGuire (UK) – The North Water

David Means (US) – Hystopia

Wyl Menmuir (UK) – The Many

Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen

Virginia Reeves (US) – Work Like Any Other

Elizabeth Strout (US) – My Name Is Lucy Barton

David Szalay (Canada-UK) – All That Man Is

Madeleine Thien (Canada) – Do Not Say We Have Nothing

The shortlist of six books will be announced Sept. 13 and the winner will be announced Oct. 25. Shortlisted authors will each receive £2,500 and the winner will get an additional £50,000.

Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahita.gajanan@time.com.

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