Booker longlist announced

The Booker Prize 2020 longlist has been announced and the judges have selected eight debut novels.

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges:

Margaret Busby (chair), editor, literary critic and former publisher; Lee Child, author; Sameer Rahim, author and critic; Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster; and Emily Wilson, classicist and translator.

The list was chosen from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.

The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

The 2020 longlist, or ‘The Booker Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

Author (country/territory) Title (imprint)

Diane Cook (USA) The New Wilderness (Oneworld Publications)

Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber)

Avni Doshi (USA) Burnt Sugar (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)

Gabriel Krauze (UK) Who They Was (4th Estate, HarperCollins)

Hilary Mantel (UK) The Mirror & The Light (4th Estate, HarperCollins)

Colum McCann (Ireland/USA) Apeirogon (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia/USA) The Shadow King (Canongate Books)

Kiley Reid (USA) Such a Fun Age (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)

Brandon Taylor (USA) Real Life (Originals, Daunt Books Publishing)

Anne Tyler (USA) Redhead by The Side of The Road (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)

Douglas Stuart (Scotland/USA) Shuggie Bain (Picador, Pan Macmillan)

Sophie Ward (UK) Love and Other Thought Experiments (Corsair, Little, Brown)

C Pam Zhang (USA) How Much of These Hills is Gold

Here's wishing all the best to Hilary Mantel, for her wonderful conclusion to her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and the Light.

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