This year’s Man Booker longlist sees five American authors named, along with nominees from Ireland, Nigeria, New Zealand and India as well as the UK. It features three debut writers; Bill Clegg, Chigozie Obioma and Anna Smaill.
Before the 2014 awards, the prize was open only to authors from the UK, the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe but the rules were changed to admit anyone writing in English and published in the UK.
The longlist, which was announced Wednesday, consists of 13 writers, including , Anuradha Roy, whose book “Sleeping on Jupiter” centers on a woman who was taken from her family as a young girl and put in an ashram with a charismatic guru; the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma for his debut, “The Fishermen”; the Jamaican writer Marlon James, whose novel, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley and the British novelist Tom McCarthy, for his hallucinatory “Satin Island,” about an anthropologist writing an ambitious ethnographic report.
The complete list of authors and titles is as follows:
Bill Clegg (US), Did You Ever Have a Family
Anne Enright (Ireland), The Green Road
Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings
Laila Lalami (US), The Moor's Account
Tom McCarthy (UK), Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen
Andrew O'Hagan (UK), The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (US), Lila
Anuradha Roy (India), Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK), The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand), The Chimes
Anne Tyler (US), A Spool of Blue Thread
Hanya Yanagihara (US), A Little Life
The shortlist will be announced on 15 September, with a winner named on 13 October.