Man Booker Prize 2012 fiction longlist announced today

Eleven novels and one collection of short stories are on the Man Booker Prize fiction longlist for 2012. The Booker, the leading literary prize for fiction writers from the UK, the Commonwealth of Nations, and Ireland, comes with a £50,000 purse.

This year's longlist includes the following writers:

Hilary Mantel for Bringing Up the Bodies, which is the sequel to Wolf Hall which won the 1999 Booker. In Bodies, Anne Boleyn is in the fight for her life against Thomas Cromwell.

Michael Frayn is also no stranger to the Booker excitement. His 1999 novel, Headlong was shortlisted. In his newest novel, Skios, science and romantic intrigue play out on a beautiful Greek island.

Malaysian author, Tan Twan Eng, got the nod for The Garden of Evening Mists (on order). In 1951, Malaysian prosecuting attorney, Yun Ling Teoh finds a Japanese garden in Malaysia which provides her with unexpected solace as she tries to heal from her horrific WW II experience in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

The complete list of the longlisted authors can be found here.

The shortlist will be posted on September 11. The winner will be announced on October 16th.


Thanks for the list. I'm glad to have these lists in the summer, when I find myself with more free time.

The Booker Prize is my favorite literary prize - I have discovered more amazing books through these awards than any other. The White Tiger, Life of Pi, Sense of an Ending - all winners, all incredible reads.

Cool list! :D