Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any
nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.
The 2016 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:
Author (nationality) - Title
Paul Beatty (US) - The
J.M. Coetzee (South
African-Australian) - The Schooldays of
Jesus (Harvill Secker)
A.L. Kennedy (UK) - Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape)
Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)
Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project (Contraband)
Ian McGuire (UK) - The North Water (Scribner UK)
David Means (US) - Hystopia (Faber & Faber)
Wyl Menmuir (UK) - The Many (Salt)
Ottessa Moshfegh (US) - Eileen (Jonathan Cape)
Virginia Reeves (US) - Work Like Any Other (Scribner UK)
Elizabeth Strout (US) - My Name Is Lucy Barton (Viking)
David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)
Chair of the 2016 judges, Amanda Foreman,
‘This is a very exciting year. The range of books is
broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion
and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel
is and can be.
‘From the historical to the contemporary, the
satirical to the polemical, the novels in this list come from both established
writers and new voices. The writing is uniformly fresh, energetic and
important. It is a longlist to be relished.’
Former double winner J.M. Coetzee makes the list with The
Schooldays of Jesus. He won the then Booker Prize in 1983 with Life
& Times of Michael K and then again with Disgrace in 1999,
making him the first writer to win the prize twice. Deborah Levy was
shortlisted for the prize in 2012 for Swimming Home. A.L. Kennedy was a
judge for the prize in 1996, the year Graham Swift won with Last Orders.
Four debut novels make the longlist: Hystopia
by David Means; The Many by Wyl Menmuir; Eileen by Ottessa
Moshfegh and Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves.
Publishers large and small are represented with six
titles from Penguin Random House imprints (Harvill Secker, Jonathan Cape,
Hamish Hamilton, Viking); two from Simon & Schuster’s Scribner UK imprint;
and five from independent publishers, including Saraband, Faber & Faber,
Salt, Granta and Oneworld. Oneworld celebrated its first Man Booker success
last year, when Marlon James won the prize with A Brief History of Seven
shortlist and winner announcements
The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday
13 September at a press conference at the London offices of Man
Group, the prize’s sponsor. The shortlisted authors each
receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.
The 2016 winner will then be announced on Tuesday
25 October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner, one of the
highlights of the publishing year. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.
The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize will receive a
further £50,000 and can expect international recognition. Last year’s winning
novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, has
sold over 315,000 copies to date in the UK and Commonwealth and is available in