Booker Prize longlist announced today

THE LONGLIST

Peter Carey for Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber). He has written nine novels, including the Man Booker Prize-winning Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang

Kiran Desai for The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton). The Indian-born author wrote Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Robert Edric for Gathering the Water (Doubleday). He was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2002 for Peacetime

Nadine Gordimer for Get a Life (Bloomsbury). The South African received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991

Kate Grenville for The Secret River (Canongate). She won the Orange Prize for The Idea of Perfection

M. J. Hyland for Carry Me Down (Canongate). The Londoner lives and works in Melbourne

Howard Jacobson for Kalooki Nights
(Jonathan Cape). The novelist and broadcaster lectured at the University
of Sydney for three years before returning to England where he taught
English at Selwyn College

James Lasdun for Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape). The Londoner lives in New York and has published collections of poetry and short stories

Mary Lawson for The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus). She was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario and now lives in England with her husband

Jon McGregor for So Many Ways to Begin
(Bloomsbury). The Bermudan-born author who lives in Nottingham was the
only first-time novelist on the 2002 Man Booker longlist

Hisham Matar for In the Country of Men (Viking). He was born in New York and spent his childhood in Libya and Egypt. He has lived in London since 1986

Claire Messud for The Emperor

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