The 13-book longlist for the £50,000 (about $65,510) Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday. The shortlist will be unveiled September 20 and a winner named October 16. This is the first year that books published in Ireland (in addition to those published in the U.K.) have been eligible for the prize. This year's longlisted titles are:
Snap by Belinda Bauer (U.K.)
Milkman by Anna Burns (U.K)
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (U.S.)
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)
In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (U.K.)
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (U.K.)
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (U.S.)
The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (U.K.)
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Canada)
The Overstory by Richard Powers (U.S.)
The Long Take by Robin Robertson (U.K.)
Normal People by Sally Rooney (Ireland)
From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (Ireland)
Chair of judges Kwame Anthony Appiah commented: "Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the times, there were many dystopian fictions on our bookshelf--and many novels we found inspirational as well as disturbing. Some of those we have chosen for this longlist feel urgent and topical, others might have been admired and enjoyed in any year. All of these books--which take in slavery, ecology, missing persons, inner-city violence, young love, prisons, trauma, race--capture something about a world on the brink. Among their many remarkable qualities is a willingness to take risks with form. And we were struck, overall, by their disruptive power: these novels disrupted the way we thought about things we knew about, and made us think about things we didn't know about. Still, despite what they have in common, every one of these books is wildly distinctive. It's been an exhilarating journey so far and we're looking forward to reading them again. But now we'll have thousands and thousands of people reading along with us."
In another first, the Man Book Prize is partnering with IKEA, which for a week will have a "reading room" in its Wembley store in north London where customers can read and take a copy of one of the 13 longlisted titles, according to the Bookseller. The reading room will run from July 31 to August 5, and customers will be able to reserve one-hour slots to sit and read.
Luis Lopez, head of living rooms of IKEA UK and Ireland, said: "The Reading Rooms give us a chance to use our retail space to inspire people to think about the importance of relaxation at home. Reading at home is good for your health and the living room is the perfect, tranquil setting to do so, providing a peaceful haven from the outside world."
Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation, added: "If you associate reading with holidays then you probably associate it with indulgence. And--it's true--reading fiction can be, at its best, a form of escapism. But that doesn't make it a guilty pleasure. It's more like a fast route to better health. Our homes are filled with devices that allow the digital world to encroach on our private lives."
Finalists have been named for the £5,000 (about $6,560) Gordon Burn Prize, which "seeks to champion 'fearless non-fiction and bold, genre-defying fiction,' " the Bookseller reported. The award is run in partnership by the Gordon Burn Trust, New Writing North, Faber & Faber and the Durham Book Festival. The winner will be announced October 11 at the Durham Book Festival. This year's shortlisted titles are:
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Census by Jesse Ball
H(a)ppy by Nicola Barker
In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne
Crudo by Olivia Laing
The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy