The U.K.’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize, is one of the few awards that affects sales in the U.S., surpassing even our own National Book Awards.
The longlist of thirteen titles was released earlier today. Six of the titles have not yet been published in the U.S., including the title regarded as the front-runner, J.M. Coetzee’s The Schooldays of Jesus, scheduled for release here in February (U.K. readers have to wait as well, it won’t be published there until September). Attached is a downloadable list, for your use in creating displays, Booker 2016 Longlist, Available in U.S.
The award is covered widely in the British press, but The Irish Times offers the most extensive coverage, amounting to a cheat sheet to each title., noting that the overall list is:
“… a solid, wide-ranging 13-strong selection dominated by the forthcoming novel from 2003 Nobel Literature Laureate, the South African-born J.M.Coetzee … There is no disputing [he] is one of the world’s finest living authors – and at a time when English-language fiction is being consistently overshadowed by the brilliance of literature in translation. Coetzee is the first double Booker winner … and any work from him is eagerly awaited.”
Last year’s winning novel was A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. After the announcement, it went on to the New York Times Paperback Fiction, rising to a high of #3. HBO has optioned screen rights.
The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday, September 13 and the winner on Tuesday, October 25.
Below are the longlist titles, with U.S. publishing information and links to U.S. consumer reviews. U.S. covers are featured, where available.
J.M. Coetzee, South Africa/Australia, The Schooldays of Jesus (PRH/Viking) — Currently scheduled for publication in hardcover in the U.S. on Feb. 21, 2017.
Graeme Macrae Burnet, U.K., His Bloody Project — UPDATE: Now scheduled for publication in the U.S. by Skyhorse, ship date, 9/27/16. The Guardian called it “Perhaps the most eye-catching book on the list” since the Booker has rarely recognized a title in that genre.
Wyl Menuir, U.K., The Many — Not currently scheduled for publication in the U.S.
Ottessa Moshfegh, U.S., Eileen (PRH/Penguin; OverDrive Sample; 8/18/15) — Featured on the cover of the NYT Book Review, it was also reviewed in the LA Times, The Washington Post, and NPR, and made several 2015 “best” lists. UPDATE: This title is being adapted as a movie.
Virginia Reeves, U.S., Work Like Any Other (S&S/Scribner; OverDrive Sample; 3/1/16) — Featured in Harper’s Bazaar as a Spring 2016 pick, it was reviewed by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Miami Herald.