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Man Booker Prize announces 2015 longlist

Man Booker Prize announces 2015 longlist

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Man Booker Prize announces 2015 longlist


 


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  • Wide-ranging international longlist including first Jamaican author
  • 2007 winner Anne Enright amongst the contenders
  • Three debut writers go up against established names including Andrew O’Hagan, Anne Tyler and Marilynne Robinson

 


The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is announced today, Wednesday 29 July 2015.


This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. The judges considered 156 books for this year’s prize.


This is the second year that the prize, first awarded in 1969, has been open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.  Previously, the prize was open only to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.


 


2015 Man Booker Dozen


The 2015 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:


 


Author (nationality) - Title (imprint)


Bill Clegg (US) - Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape)            


 


Anne Enright (Ireland) - The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)


Marlon James (Jamaica) - A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)


Laila Lalami (US) - The Moor's Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing)


Tom McCarthy (UK) - Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)


Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) - The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)


Andrew O’Hagan (UK) - The Illuminations (Faber & Faber)


Marilynne Robinson (US) - Lila (Virago)            


Anuradha Roy (India) - Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus)


Sunjeev Sahota (UK) - The Year of the Runaways (Picador)


Anna Smaill (New Zealand) - The Chimes (Sceptre)


Anne Tyler (US) - A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)


Hanya Yanagihara (US) - A Little Life (Picador)


 


 


Chair of the 2015 judges, Michael Wood, comments:


‘We had a great time choosing this list. Discussions weren’t always peaceful, but they were always very friendly. We were lucky in our companions and the submissions were extraordinary. The longlist could have been twice as long, but we’re more than happy with our final choice


‘The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing. All of them do something exciting with the language they have chosen to use.’


The judges were struck by the international spectrum of the novels, with the longlist featuring three British writers, five US writers and one apiece from the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, India, Nigeria and Jamaica. Marlon James, who currently lives in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican-born author to be nominated for the prize. Laila Lalami, now based in Santa Monica but born in Rabat, is the first Moroccan-born.


One former winner, Anne Enright, is longlisted. The Irish writer won the prize in 2007 with The Gathering. She is joined by two formerly shortlisted British writers: Tom McCarthy (2010, C) and Andrew O’Hagan (1999, Our Fathers, and longlisted for Be Near Me, 2006). US author Marilynne Robinson has been shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize twice, in 2011 and 2013.


There are three debut novelists on the list: Bill Clegg, Chigozie Obioma and Anna Smaill.


Four independent publishers are on the list, with Garnet Publishing and Pushkin Press appearing for the first time.


 


The shortlist and winner announcements


The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 15 September at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor.


The 2015 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 13 October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.


 


The leading prize for quality fiction in English


 


First awarded in 1969, the prize is recognised as the leading prize for high quality literary fiction written in English. Its list of winners features many of the literary giants of the last four decades: from Salman Rushdie to Hilary Mantel, Iris Murdoch to Ian McEwan.


The rules of the prize changed at the end of 2013, to embrace the English language ‘in all its vigour, its vitality, its versatility and its glory’, opening up to writers beyond the UK and Commonwealth. Salman Rushdie commented at the time: ‘I think it's a really great thing that finally we've got an English language prize that doesn't make a distinction for writers who are writing from a particular country.’ 


Earlier this month the Booker Prize Foundation also announced a change to the Man Booker International Prize, which has become an annual award celebrating fiction in translation.  The newly configured prize will focus on the finest in translated fiction published in the UK, and sees an increased annual prize purse of £52,000, which will be split equally between the winning author and translator.


 


Winning the Man Booker Prize


The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition. Last year’s winning novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, has sold 300,000 copies in the UK and almost 800,000 worldwide.


Following her second win in 2012, Hilary Mantel topped the UK Nielsen BookScan chart with the sales of Bring up the Bodies, her sequel to Wolf Hall which won in 2009. Sales of her winning novels together exceeded a million copies in their UK editions. The BBC’s television adaptation and the theatre adaptations by the Royal Shakespeare Company of both novels have been widely praised. Other winning novels have gone on to have second or third lives as stage and screen adaptations;  examples include Schindler’s Ark (directed by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List), The Remains of the Day and The English Patient.


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Notes to Editors


 


  • The 2015 longlist consists of 13 books.  The rules state that a longlist of 12 or 13 books – ‘The Man Booker Dozen’ – is to be selected, followed by a shortlist of six. UK publishers may submit novels written in the English language and published in the UK between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015. The number of books a publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists over the previous five years, as follows:

 


  • 1 submission - publishers with no longlistings
  • 2 submissions - publishers with 1 or 2 longlisting(s)
  • 3 submissions - publishers with 3 or 4 longlistings
  • 4 submissions - publishers with 5 or more longlistings

 


This means that the number of submissions for each publisher may change year on year. The rule that allows submission of any new title by an author who has previously been shortlisted for the Booker (pre-2002) or Man Booker Prize remains


 


  • In addition, the judges ‘call in’ a number of novels each year: in addition to their main submission, a publisher may submit a list of up to five titles for consideration, accompanied by a justification from the editor. The judges are required to call in no fewer than eight and no more than 12 of these titles. The judges are also permitted to call in other books published within the requisite dates, even if the book has not been submitted through any other route

 


  • Four Colman Getty handles PR and event management for the prize and provides all events and administrative back-up

 


  • The prize was first awarded in 1969 and has been sponsored by the Man Group since 2002. The long-term future of the prize was secured in 2011 with the announcement of a renewed 10 year sponsorship from the Man Group. The title ‘Booker Prize’ therefore only applies to prize years 1969 – 2001, before Man Group plc’s sponsorship began and since 2002 it has been called The Man Booker Prize for Fiction. It would be greatly appreciated if you could ensure that your editorial is factually correct by referring to the prize’s full title at least once, if not in the headline, then in your next subsequent mention.  For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website: www.themanbookerprize.com

 


  • The Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules and on the selection of the judges, represents all aspects of the book world. Its members are: Richard Cable – publisher, Random House; Mark Chilton –  Company Secretary and General Counsel of Booker Group plc; Basil Comely - BBC TV; James Daunt – Managing Director of Waterstones; Jonathan Douglas – Director of the National Literacy Trust; Maggie Fergusson – writer and Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature; Derek Johns – Non-executive Chairman, Granta; Peter Kemp – Chief Fiction Reviewer, The Sunday Times; Nigel Newton – publisher, Bloomsbury; Fiammetta Rocco – Books and Arts Editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize Administrator); Emmanuel Roman – Chief Executive Officer, Man Group; Eve Smith – Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation  and Robert Topping – Topping & Company Booksellers

 


  • The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the prize. The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation are: Jonathan Taylor CBE – Chair, former Chairman of Booker plc; Lord Baker of Dorking CH; Bidisha – writer, critic and broadcaster; Victoria Glendinning CBE – biographer; Baroness Kennedy QC- former Chair of the British Council and Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford; James Naughtie – broadcaster; Christopher Pearce – former Finance Director of Rentokil plc and Dr Louise Richardson – Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Sir Ronald Harwood and Baroness Neuberger are Vice Presidents of the Foundation

 


  • The Trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation have appointed Gaby Wood as the next Literary Director of the Foundation. She succeeds Ion Trewin, who sadly died earlier this year in April.  Gaby will take over full responsibility for the Man Booker Prize at the conclusion of this year’s prize. The literary direction of the 2015 prize will in the interim be handled by Fiammetta Rocco, Administrator of the Man Booker International Prize and Books and Arts Editor of The Economist

 


  • Man Group has sponsored the Man Booker Prize since 2002. Founded in 1783, Man Group was recognised as a partner who mirrored the quality, integrity and longevity of the Booker Prize. The prize underscores Man Group's charitable focus on literacy and education as well as the firm’s commitment to excellence and entrepreneurship. Together with the wider charitable activities of the Booker Prize Foundation, the prize plays a very important role in promoting literary excellence on a global scale that the firm is honoured to support

 


  • Man Group is one of the world’s largest independent alternative investment managers, and a leader in high-alpha, liquid investment strategies. Across its four investment managers (Man AHL, Man FRM, Man GLG and Man Numeric), Man Group has a diverse offering in hedge funds and long only products spanning equity, credit, managed futures, convertibles, emerging markets and multi-manager solutions. At 31 March 2015, Man Group’s funds under management were $78.1 billion. The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker EMG.L and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Man Group also supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes. Further information can be found at www.man.com 

 


  • Booker is the UK's leading food wholesaler with over 170 branches nationwide.  It serves over 350,000 independent businesses

 


  • The Booker Prize Foundation has a longstanding partnership with RNIB. The Foundation funds the production of the shortlisted titles in braille, giant print and audio, which the sight loss charity produce by the date the winner is announced. The accessible versions are then made available to the tens of thousands of blind and partially sighted members of the RNIB Library. People with sight loss face a significantly limited choice of books in accessible formats and often have to wait much longer than their sighted peers for titles to be made available to them – and there are many more books that they will never have the chance to read. The Foundation is working with RNIB to change this story. For further information contact the RNIB Communications Team on 0207 391 2223 or pressoffice@rnib.org.uk
  • The Booker Prize Archive was given on loan in 2003 to Oxford Brookes University where it now resides

 


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July 2015