The Booker Prize announced the longlisted books for the 2019 Booker Prize. The award was changed from “Man Booker” to “Booker” due to the Man Group withdrawing their sponsorship last year.
This year also marks the first year when one American novelist, Lucy Ellmann, is featured on the list since their inclusion in 2013. The longlist includes big names and also former winners of the prize: Salmon Rushdie and Magaret Atwood, for her highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments. The Testaments does not come out until September, but the judges felt the book was worthy enough to be placed on the longlist. The novel’s contents are a closely guarded secret but they were able to give a slither of a description: “terrifying and exhilarating”.
Here is the complete list:
Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
Kevin Barry (Ireland), Night Boat to Tangier (Canongate Books)
Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria), My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic Books)
Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK), Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
John Lanchester (UK), The Wall (Faber & Faber)
Deborah Levy (UK), The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton)
Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy), Lost Children Archive (4th Estate)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
Max Porter (UK), Lanny (Faber & Faber)
Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
Jeanette Winterson (UK), Frankissstein (Jonathan Cape)
The shortlist will be announced on September 3 and the will be revelead on October 14.