July 30, 2008

Thirteen on Long-List for the Man Booker Prize

By David Robinson

SALMAN Rushdie, whose Midnight's Children was this month voted the best Booker winner ever, was yesterday longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize for his novel The Enchantress of Florence.

Of the 13 writers on the list, five are first-time authors: Indian novelist Aravinda Adiga (The White Tiger); Australian Steve Toltz (A Fraction of the Whole); Pakistani journalist Mohammed Hanif (A Case of Exploding Mangoes); Gaynor Arnold (Girl in a Blue Dress) from Wales; and Englishman Tom Rob Smith (Child, 44).

Sebastian Barry, the Irish writer, longlisted for The Secret Scripture, has made the Man Booker shortlist before, and John Berger, whose From A to X is published in September, was a controversial winner in 1972 with his novel G.

The other authors on the list, chosen from 112 novels, are Michelle de Kretser (The Lost Dog), Amitav Ghosh (Sea of Poppies), Linda Grant (The Clothes on their Backs), Philip Hensher (The Northern Clemency) and Joseph O'Neill (Netherland).

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