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Marlon James Makes 2015 Man Booker Longlist

Marlon James makes Man Booker 2015 longlist

For the first time since its introduction in 1969, the Man Booker Prize includes a Jamaican in the longlist as Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (One World Publications) sits among the 13 longlisted novels. Morocco also makes its first appearance on the longlist via Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing). 

James, who was recently named as one of the 2015 American Book Awardees, will be vying for the £50,000 purse but more importantly the fame and respect that comes along with copping a prize that boasts of being the leading prize for quality fiction in English.

The 2015 Man Booker ‘dozen’ reflects the recent changes in the rules governing the prize which last year became open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK. The prize was previously only open to UK and the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. 

The 2015 longlist features three writers from the UK, five from the US and one each from Ireland, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Nigeria.

The 2015 panel of judges chaired by author and academic Michael Wood, waded through over 150 books to reach the longlist. The panel of five judges also comprises: Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. 

In a release, Woods praised the quality of this year’s entries.

“We had a great time choosing this list. Discussions weren’t always peaceful, but they were always very friendly. We were lucky in our companions and the submissions were extraordinary. The longlist could have been twice as long, but we’re more than happy with our final choice,” he said.

“The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing. All of them do something exciting with the language they have chosen to use,” Woods continued.

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday, September 15 and the winner on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at an award dinner at Guildhall in London. 

Man Booker 2015 Longlist:

Bill Clegg (US) - Did You Ever Have a Family (Jonathan Cape)            

Anne Enright (Ireland) - The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)

Marlon James (Jamaica) - A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)

Laila Lalami (US) - The Moor’s Account (Periscope, Garnet Publishing)

Tom McCarthy (UK) - Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)

Chigozie Obioma  (Nigeria) - The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)

Andrew O’Hagan (UK) - The Illuminations (Faber & Faber)

Marilynne Robinson (US) - Lila (Virago)            

Anuradha Roy (India) - Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus)

Sunjeev Sahota (UK) - The Year of the Runaways (Picador)

Anna Smaill (New Zealand) - The Chimes (Sceptre)

Anne Tyler (US) - A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus)

Hanya Yanagihara (US) - A Little Life (Picador)