The titles longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize have been announced.
The longlisted titles are:
- The Yips (Nicola Barker, Fourth Estate)
- The Teleportation Accident (Ned Beauman, Sceptre)
- Philida (André Brink, Harvill Secker)
- The Garden of Evening Mists (Tan Twan Eng, Myrmidon Books)
- Skios (Michael Frayn, Faber)
- The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Rachel Joyce, Doubleday)
- Swimming Home (Deborah Levy, And Other Stories)
- Bring up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel, Fourth Estate)
- The Lighthouse (Alison Moore, Salt Publishing)
- Umbrella (Will Self, Bloomsbury)
- Narcopolis (Jeet Thayil, Faber)
- Communion Town (Sam Thompson, Fourth Estate).
A shortlist of six titles will be announced on Tuesday 11 September, with the winner announced at a dinner in London on Tuesday 16 October. Each of the six shortlisted writers is awarded £2500 (approximately A$3700) and a specially commissioned handbound edition of their book. The winner receives a further £50,000 (A$75,000).
‘Goodness, madness and bewildering urban change are among the themes of this year’s longlist,’ said chair of judges and editor of the Times Literary Supplement Peter Stothard.‘In an extraordinary year for fiction the “Man Booker Dozen” proves the grip that the novel has on our world. We did not set out to reject the old guard but, after a year of sustained critical argument by a demanding panel of judges, the new has come powering through.’
Stothard is joined on the judging panel by academic and literary critic Dinah Birch; historian, writer and broadcaster Amanda Foreman; actor Dan Stevens; and academic, writer and reviewer Bharat Tandon.
More information on the longlist is available here.