The longlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday!
A panel of five judges chose 13 novels to compete for the £50,000 prize. There were 171 submissions this year, the highest number in the prize’s 50 year history!
First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the UK and Ireland.
This year, the longlist includes two novels by Canadian authors: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan and Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. And for the first time ever, the longlist includes a graphic novel: Sabrina by Nick Drnaso.
We’re so excited to see Washington Black on the list! Publishing in Canada in September, it’s the incredible story of a young field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation who strikes up an unlikely friendship with his eccentric master. After a horrible accident on the fields, the two embark on an extraordinary journey around the world. Read more about the new novel from Giller Prize winner Esi Edugyan here.
Six of the 13 books will move on to the shortlist, which will be announced on September 20th. The 2018 winner will then be announced on October 16th in London.
See the full longlist here!
Have you read any of the longlisted novels? Which ones are you most interested in reading? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!