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Weekly roundup: The Man Booker Prize 2012 Longlist

Weekly roundup: The Man Booker Prize 2012 Longlist

The longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize was announced this week as readers, writers and journalists across the world entered into the annual bout of frenzied debate. The longlist has been said to, “support ambition and experiment”, “favouring eccentricity” and telling the, "story of the landscape of fiction".

You can explore the longlist right here in one of many new features of our new-look website, the Timeline, and find out more about the 12 books in our roundup of reaction to the announcement

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Away from the longlist, trailers for two film adaptations of previous Man Booker Prize books were released. Pictures and stills from director Ang Lee’s widely anticipated version of Yann Martel’s 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi have leaked onto the web for months now, but we got the first look at the film in this exquisite trailer.

The second was for Andy and Lana Wachowski’s take on David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, shortlisted for the prize in 2004. The duo behind The Matrix trilogy will bring their version of Mitchell’s bestselling novel to cinemas in October.

Another Man Booker Prize novel being adapted for film, Deepa Mehta’s version of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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On The Guardian, Graham Swift’s 1996 Booker Prize-winning Last Orders is the latest subject of its Booker Club.

Let us know what you think of the longlist, as well as which film adaptations you’re looking forward to seeing by following us on Twitter @manbookerprize and ‘Liking’ us on Facebook.

 

The Man Booker Prize 2012 Longlist
The Man Booker Prize 2012 Longlist