The Man Booker longlist has been announced; it is the usual mix ox established literary authors (Jumpha Lahiri being the one notable name I recognized) and newcomers of all different backgrounds. The books will be condensed into a shortlist on September 10th, with the winner to be announced in October.
The longlisted books are:
• Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
• We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
• The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
• Harvest by Jim Crace
• The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris
• The Kill by Richard House
• The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
• Unexploded by Alison MacLeod
• TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
• Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson
• A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
• The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
• The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
Jason Boog over at GalleyCat has done us all the valuable public service of ferreting out free samples for all the already-published books (he notes a few of the entries are still slated for release). Check it out!