Booker Prize 2012 Longlist: Out With The Old In With The New

Booker Prize 2012 Longlist

The longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize is either a breath of fresh air or a slap in the face for the old guard. Notably absent from the list are presumed shoo-ins such as Zadie Smith, Martin AmisJohn Banville and Ian McEwan. In their place, four debut novels, three small independent publishers, and only one previous winner, Hilary Mantel. Sir Peter Stothard, chair of judges, said, "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.”

The Prize—awarded every year since 1969 to a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth, or the Republic of Ireland—boasts a £50,000 prize, but the publicity, sales, and prestige are the true rewards. Howard Jacobson, 2010 winner, explains the consequences of winning in this video:

This year's longlist features nine British authors, one Indian, one South African, one Malaysian, and zero Canadians (snubbed, eh?). The nominated authors range in age from 27 to 77 years old. The twelve-book list will be whittled down to a six-book shortlist on September 11, and one winner will be announced on October 16. This year's selections are:

Nicola Barker, The Yips (Fourth Estate)
Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre)
André Brink, Philida (Harvill Secker)
Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
Michael Frayn, Skios (Faber & Faber)
Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Doubleday)
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (And Other Stories)
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (Salt)
Will Self, Umbrella (Bloomsbury)
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)
Sam Thompson, Communion Town (Fourth Estate)

How many have you read and what do you think of the judges' choices?

Kimberly Turner

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Dean Blake's picture
Dean Blake from Australia is reading July 26, 2012 - 6:37am

Now this'll be interesting...

Shannon McEwen Knight's picture
Shannon McEwen ... from Colorado is reading The Fault In Our Stars, John Green July 26, 2012 - 7:06am

Interesting indeed. I've read two: The Yips, and Bring Up the Bodies.

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine July 26, 2012 - 7:22am

That Will Self book sounds good, but unfortunately it hasn't been released in the states yet.

Thomas Derry's picture
Thomas Derry from Bonanza, Colorado is reading Rand McNally World Atlas July 26, 2012 - 8:23am

What, no Americans? My bloated sense of entitlement  has taken a devastating blow. (Seriously, I wish all the best of luck.)

Jane Wiseman's picture
Jane Wiseman from Danville Virginia is reading The Iron Council, by China Mieville July 26, 2012 - 7:20pm

Americans are excluded from the prize. It's a Brit thing. I've only read "Bring Up the Bodies," and it was great--sequel to last year's winner, "Wolf Hall."