The 12 books were chosen by a panel of judges chaired by Sir Peter Stothard, Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. The longlisted books were selected from a total of 145 titles, 11 of which were called in by the judges.
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The Man Booker Prize longlist for 2012 has been announced, and we're already excited.
It's great to see some old favourites in there (hello, Will Self and Michael Frayn) along with some eagerly-watched newbies, like Ned Beauman.
Surprising omissions include heavyweights Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, all of whom could have been in contention.
The 'Man Booker Dozen' below are the pick of 145 titles, selected by a panel of judges chaired by Sir Peter Stothard, Editor of the Times Literary Supplement.
Of the longlist, Stothard said, "In an extraordinary year for fiction the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ proves the grip that the novel has on our world. We did not set out to reject the old guard but, after a year of sustained critical argument by a demanding panel of judges, the new has come powering through."
A list filled with "goodness, madness and bewildering urban change", it's also one which features four debut novels, three small independent publishers and one previous winner. The age range between the nominees is a massive 50 years - between 77-year-old Andre Brink and Ned Beauman, who is 27.
Reaction from The Telegraph - Man Booker Prize longlist snubs Amis, McEwan and Smith
And at The New Statesman - For the most part, the judges have ignored the big names.
New York Daily News - Will Mantel get her second?