The 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist

19 writers are in the running for the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Hermione Lee chairperson of the competition’s judging panel, said “the variety, the originality, the drama and craft, the human interest and the strong voices in this longlist” was delighting.

“It’s a list in which famous established novelists rub shoulders with little known newcomers. We hope that people will leap at it for their late summer reading and make up their own shortlist.”

The Man Booker Prize, which aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland, is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for writing and is now in its thirty-eighth year.

The winner of the prize receives 50,000 pounds and both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership and dramatic increase in book sales.

Previous winners of the award who went on to become international bestsellers include Allan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty (2004), D.B.C. Pierre’s Vernon God Little (2003) and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi (2002).

This 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction’s longlist of 19 books was chosen from 112 entries; 95 were submitted for the prize and the panel of judges called in 17 more.

Hermione Lee said that because of the high quality of books that had been submitted for the prize, the judging panel — which included poet and novelist, Simon Armitage; award winning novelist Candia McWilliam; critic Anthony Quinn and actor Fiona Shaw — could easily have had a longlist of about 30 books.

“Judging the Man Booker Prize puts you through almost as many emotions as there are in the novels. We’ve tried to be careful and critical judges as well as being passionately involved,” Lee said.

Those who made it onto the longlist include: Nadine Gordimer’s Get a Life (Bloomsbury); Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton); Kate Grenville’s The Secret River (Canongate); M.J. Hyland’s Carry Me Down (Canongate) and Mary Lawson’s The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus).

Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children (Picador) and Sarah Waters’s The Night Watch (Virago).

Also on the list are Robert Edric’s Gathering the Water (Doubleday); Peter Carey’s Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber); Howard Jacobson’s Kalooki Nights (Jonathan Cape); James Lasdun’s Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape) and Jon McGregor’s So Many Ways to Begin (Bloomsbury) and Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men (Viking).

David Mitchell Black Swan Green (Sceptre); Naeem Murr’s The Perfect Man (William Heinemann); Andrew O’Hagan’s Be Near Me (Faber & Faber); James Robertson The Testament of Gideon Mack (Hamish Hamilton); Edward St Aubyn’s Mother’s Milk (Picador) and Barry Unsworth’s The Ruby in her Navel (Hamish Hamilton) are also on the longlist.

The 2006 shortlist will be announced on September 14 at a press conference at Man Group’s London office.

The winner will be the following month on October 10 at an awards ceremony at Guildhall, London.

Related stories:

  • An Interview with Ion Trewin: The Man Booker Prize administrator talks about the award and its benefits,” OhmyNews International, August 25, 2006.
One Response to “The 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist”
  1. beks says:

    Do you thiink Kiran Desai will make it to the shortlist?

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