Yesterday, the "Man Booker Dozen" was announced. On September 7, six of these 13 books will be chosen for a shortlist, and on October 12, the winner of the Man Booker Prize—who will receive £50,000 and wide acclaim—will be announced.
The Man Booker honors "any full-length novel, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom for the first time in the year of the prize. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published." [Read more about the Prize here.] The most recent winner is Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall.
This year's longlist includes five books already published in the United States:
There are a couple repeats in that group; Carey has already won the Booker Prize twice, for Oscar and Lucinda (1988) and for True History of the Kelly Gang (2001). Mitchell has been shortlisted twice, for number9dream (2001) and Cloud Atlas (2004).
The longlisted books forthcoming in the U.S. include:
Room by Emma Donoghue (out Sept. 13, and look for an interview with Donoghue in our September issue)
C by Tom McCarthy (out Sept. 7—look for a review in September)
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (out Aug. 31)
Trespass by Rose Tremain (out Oct. 18)
Rounding out the list are titles not currently planned for an American release:
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (This is Jacobson's second longlisted novel.)
The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner
In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (This book is currently available in the U.S. via Kindle.)
Do you have any predictions about the winner, or favorites from this list?