The Man Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards. The prize, which launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.To maintain the consistent excellence of The Man Booker Prize, judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including critics, writers and academics, but also poets, politicians and actors, all with a passion for quality fiction.
The longlist of the Man Booker Prize has just been announced. If you are looking for a great summer read, check out any of the books below.
• Paul Beatty (US) – The Sellout (Oneworld)
• J.M. Coetzee (South African-Australian) – The Schooldays of Jesus (Harvill Secker)
• A.L. Kennedy (UK) – Serious Sweet (Jonathan Cape)
• Deborah Levy (UK) – Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)
• Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) – His Bloody Project (Contraband)
• Ian McGuire (UK) – The North Water (Scribner UK)
• David Means (US) – Hystopia (Faber & Faber)
• Wyl Menmuir (UK) – The Many (Salt)
• Ottessa Moshfegh (US) – Eileen (Jonathan Cape)
• Virginia Reeves (US) – Work Like Any Other (Scribner UK)
• Elizabeth Strout (US) – My Name Is Lucy Barton (Viking)
• David Szalay (Canada-UK) – All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
• Madeleine Thien (Canada) – Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)
This list includes five American authors: Paul Beatty, David Means, Ottessa Moshfegh, Virginia Reeves and Elizabeth Strout. The prize expanded to include all English-language authors in 2014, but there has yet to be an American winner.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.