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Longlist author insights - What are you working on next?

Longlist author insights - What are you working on next?

In the third of our author insights, in the run-up to this year's shortlist announcement on 11th September, we find out what the longlisted authors are working on next.

Nicola Barker: Something set in the 1860s which involves a helluva lot of dirt.

Ned Beauman: My third novel, Glow, which is a big departure from the first two in that it's all set in south London in May 2010.

André Brink: I am in the notemaking stage for my next novel, which I cannot talk about yet as everything can be confounded by the smallest misstep.

Tan Twan Eng: I’m doing research for my third novel. I have a few ideas for it, but nothing definite yet. The American edition of The Garden of Evening Mists  will be coming out at the end of August or in early September, so my publisher has me busy doing interviews.

Michael Frayn: The answer to question 3.

Rachel Joyce: My second novel is called Perfect. It’s about a slip in time, a chance accident, that sends two boys, each with golden futures, onto very different paths.

Deborah Levy: A new novel about hypochondria ... it’s a thriller of symptoms! At the moment it starts with a strange rash appearing on a passenger’s arms during a budget airline flight through extreme turbulence.

Hilary Mantel: The Mirror & the Light, the third book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy.

Alison Moore: A second novel

Will Self: A novel provisionally entitled Shark.

Jeet Thayil: A novel. I was going to finish it this month, but it doesn’t look like it will happen. I’m hoping my editor will cut me some slack.

Sam Thompson: I'm in the early stages of a novel and I have some short fiction on the go as well. Writing this first book, I've realized how much I still have to learn about language and storytelling, so I'm keen to keep going and see what else I can do.


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