For book-lovers and books-list-lovers, the “long list” for the annual Man Booker Prize offers some tantalizing options from old friends and newcomers alike – including four first-time novelists.
The Man Booker Prize, now in its 43rd year, is judged by and awarded to citizens of the Commonwealth of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
The 2011 long list includes the latest from Julian Barnes and Alan Hollinghurst (who previously won the Booker for The Line of Beauty), a Victorian thriller by D.J. Taylor, novels set in the big business world of Russia (Snowdrops) and The Last Hundred Days of the Ceausescu regime in Romania, and even something for sci-fi fans in The Testament of Jessie Lamb.
Last year’s winner, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, was a fascinating read, grappling with issues of religion, prejudice, faith, politics and family.