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.
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