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Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist announced

This is the first year the award has been open to all authors writing in English and published in the UK.

13 writers are competing for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Picture: Free Images.

LONDON -Thirteen writers are competing for the Man Booker Prize 2014 in the first year the prestigious literary award has been open to all authors writing in English and published in the United Kingdom.

The change that scrapped the old rule limiting the 46-year-old prize, which carries a £50,000 award to novels written by citizens of Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, has been criticised on grounds that Americans would come to dominate it, squeezing out other talent.

But in announcing the long list, Jonathan Taylor, chairman of the Booker Prize Foundation, said that by making the change, "the Man Booker Prize is reinforcing its standing as the most important literary award in the English-speaking world."

The prize committee said 154 books had been entered for this year's prize, which will be further whittled down to a short list of six books to be announced on 9 September.

The winner will be named on 14 October.

The books on the longlist are:

Joshua Ferris (American) To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Richard Flanagan (Australian)_ The Narrow Road to the Deep North_

Karen Joy Fowler (American) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Siri Hustvedt (American)_ The Blazing World_

Howard Jacobson (British) J

Paul Kingsnorth (British) The Wake

David Mitchell (British) The Bone Clocks

Neel Mukherjee (British) The Lives of Others

David Nicholls (British) Us

Joseph O'Neill (Irish/American) The Dog

Richard Powers (American) Orfeo

Ali Smith (British) How to be Both

Niall Williams (Irish) History of the Rain

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