The 13 contenders for the 2011 Man Booker Prize are:
Julian Barnes – The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape – Random House)
Sebastian Barry – On Canaan’s Side (Faber)
Carol Birch – Jamrach’s Menagerie (Canongate Books)
Patrick deWitt – The Sisters Brothers (Granta)
Esi Edugyan – Half Blood Blues (Serpent’s Tail)
Yvvette Edwards – A Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
Alan Hollinghurst – The Stranger’s Child (Picador – Pan Macmillan)
Stephen Kelman – Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
Patrick McGuinness – The Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)
The six author shortlist will be announced on 6 September, with the 2011 Man Booker Prize Winner announced on 18 October 2011.
The list includes one former Prize winner, Alan Hollinghurst, two previously short-listed authors, Sebastian Barry and Julian Barnes, and previously long-listed Carol Birch.
I will admit to having read none of the titles on this year’s long list as yet — some titles I had not even heard of.
How many of the 2011 Man Booker longlist had you read prior to the anouncement?
I will not have time to read all 13 before October, so I will have to choose wisely.