The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist
Congratulations to all the authors and publishers longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, including Australian Richard Flanagan for his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
This year’s longlist ranges from a new novel from a previous winner of the award (J) to a debut novel that was ‘crowdfunded’ by members of the public (The Wake). This is also the first year that this prestigious literary award has been open to all authors writing in English and published in the United Kingdom and the list includes four Americans.
The chair of the judges, AC Grayling, said: ‘This is a diverse list of ambition, experiment, humour and artistry. The novels selected are full of wonderful stories and fascinating characters. The judges were impressed by the high quality of writing and the range of issues tackled - from 1066 to the future, from a POW camp in Thailand to a dentist’s chair in Manhattan; from the funny to the deeply serious sometimes in the same book.’
Here is the full longlist:
- To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Read our review)
- The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Read our review)
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Read our review)
- The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Read our review)
- J, Howard Jacobson
- The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth
- The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
- The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee
- Us, David Nicholls
- The Dog, Joseph O'Neill
- Orfeo, Richard Powers (Read our review)
- How to be Both, Ali Smith
- History of the Rain, Niall Williams
You can read more about the Man Booker Prize here.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
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