The longlist of authors competing for the 2011 Man Booker prize was announced yesterday, giving you plenty of time to familiarize yourself with all 13 titles — including work by four first-time novelists — before the winner is revealed at a ceremony on October 18. “We are delighted by the quality and breadth of our longlist, which emerged from an impassioned discussion,” explained Dame Stella Rimington, who is the chair of the five-judge panel and the former director-general of MI5. “The list ranges from the Wild West to multi-ethnic London via post-Cold War Moscow and Bucharest.” According to The Guardian, Alan Hollinghurst, a previous Man Booker prize winner, is “almost certain to become the bookies’ favorite,” but click through to figure out where you want to start your reading.
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
It’s probably worth noting that Barnes is a three-time finalist for the Booker. According to Anita Brookner at The Telegraph, his latest novel, which reflects back on “an uncomfortable weekend” spent by a group of school friends now that they are adults, is a lot like Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw — and not just because it’s short. “His reputation will surely be enhanced by this book,” she writes. “Do not be misled by its brevity. Its mystery is as deeply embedded as the most archaic of memories.”