Four debut novelists are lined up against two-times winner, South African JM Coetzee, on the long list for the 2016 Man Booker Prize just announced. There are six women and seven men in the 13-book list with five British authors, five Americans, one south African and two from Canada.
The full list is: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (US); The Schooldays of Jesus by JM Coetzee (South Africa); Serious Sweet by A.L.Kennedy (UK); Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (UK); His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK); North Water by Ian McGuire (UK); Hystopia by David Means (US, debut); The Many by Wyn Menmuir (UK, debut); Eileen by Odessa Moshfegh (US, debut); Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves (US, debut); My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (US); All That Man Is by David Szalay (Canada-UK) and Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien (Canada).
The Man Booker is open to any writer providing it is written in english and has been published in the UK. A shortlist of six novels will be announced in September with the winner of the £50,000 prize in October. Last year’s winner was Jamaican Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings