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Booker Prize 2019 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced.

The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,875) prize are:

  • The Testaments (Margaret Atwood, Chatto & Windus, September)
  • Night Boat to Tangier (Kevin Barry, Canongate, August)
  • My Sister, The Serial Killer (Oyinkan Braithwaite, Atlantic)
  • Ducks, Newburyport (Lucy Ellmann, Galley Beggar Press)
  • Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Wall (John Lanchester, Faber)
  • The Man Who Saw Everything (Deborah Levy, Hamish Hamilton, September)
  • Lost Children Archive (Valeria Luiselli, Fourth Estate)
  • An Orchestra of Minorities (Chigozie Obioma, Little Brown)
  • Lanny (Max Porter, Faber)
  • Quichotte (Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape, September)
  • 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Elif Shafak, Viking)
  • Frankissstein (Jeanette Winterson, Jonathan Cape).

Chosen from 151 submissions, the longlist features authors from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Nigeria, Mexico, India and Turkey. The award, now sponsored by US-based charitable foundation Crankstart, is open to novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.

Two former Booker winners are among the 13-strong longlist: Margaret Atwood for The Testaments, her long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, and Salman Rushdie for Quichotte, his reworking of Don Quixote.

Nigerian/UK novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, The Serial Killer is the only debut to make the longlist, while US-based Mexican author Valeria Luiselli has been longlisted for her first novel written in English, Lost Children Archive.

The shortlist will be announced on 3 September, with the winner to be announced on 14 October.

For more information on this year’s longlist, see the Booker website.



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