The Man Booker Prize 2017 Longlist is Bursting with Talent

By July 27, 2017Literary Awards, News

The Longlist for the Man Booker Prize, or the Booker Prize Dozen as its now is announced today and we can only say we’re glad we’re not one of the judges because it’s bursting with talent!

The Man Booker is one of the most critically acclaimed literary prizes and comes with a £50,000 top prize. This year’s Man Booker Dozen was selected by a panel of five judges: Baroness Lola Young (Chair); literary critic, Lila Azam Zanganeh; Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Sarah Hall; artist, Tom Phillips CBE RA; and travel writer, Colin Thubron CBE.

The final list was chosen from a selection of 144 novels, published in the UK between 1st October 2016 and 30th September 2017. The annual prize has been awarded since 1969 and is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK. This year’s Man Booker Dozen is as follows:

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