2012 Man Booker Prize long-list announced

The long-list for the 2012 Man Booker Prize has been announced by the judging panel. Of the twelve books chosen there are four debut novels and one previous winner, Hilary Mantel, who has been selected for Bring Up the Bodies, a sequel to her previous year’s winner Wolf Hall.

Umbrella by Will Self has also been selected along with Skios by Michael Frayn, the oldest writer at 78 years of age. A previous I.M.P.A.C. Dublin Award winner Nicola Barker has also made the list with her new novel titled, Yips.

It was pleasing to see Rachel Joyce on the list for her debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a highly recommended read. The short-list reduced to six, will be decided and announced in September, with the winner awarded the £50,000 prize in October.

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