Four Colman Getty announced the first, truly global Man Booker Prize longlist on Wednesday 23 July. Highly anticipated, this year’s longlist saw the admission of writers worldwide, irrespective of nationality, following a change of rules. Previously, the prize had only been open to UK & Commonwealth writers and those from the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.
As ever, the longlist sparked much debate and comment over who might have been left off / who should have been included, with media coverage spanning the globe. However, the novels themselves were well received, no doubt being added to summer reading lists all over the country, let alone world. The Guardian mused: ‘But let’s hope the books are discussed as passionately as the rules, for in a strong year, the judges have found some fantastic novels’.
One of the media focusses was Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake, published by former Four CG client, Unbound. It is the first crowd-funded novel to make a Man Booker longlist. Brit Kingsnorth was joined by four Americans (Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt), two Irish writers (Niall Williams and Joseph O'Neill, who is Irish/American), five other Brits (Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell, Neel Mukherjee, David Nicholls and Ali Smith) and one Australian (Richard Powers).
A shortlist of six novels will be announced on 9 September and the winner on 14 October. Find out more about the longlist here.