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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Sebastian Barry gets another shot at Man Booker Prize

Robert Dex

Irish author Sebastian Barry has been given another shot at the Man Booker prize after his book On Canaan’s Side was nominated.

Mr Barry has been shortlisted twice but has never won the gong. He will join 12 other writers after he was named on a longlist for the prestigious literary award.

Mr Barry is joined by novelist Julian Barners and a previous winner, Alan Hollinghurst.

Also on the longlist are four first time novelists and three Canadian writers.

The panel of five judges, chaired by former director-general of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, whittled down the selection from 138 books.

She said: "We are delighted by the quality and breadth of our longlist, which emerged from an impassioned discussion. The list ranges from the Wild West to multi-ethnic London via post-Cold War Moscow and Bucharest, and includes four first novels."

A shortlist of six authors will be announced on Tuesday September 6 with the winner announced on Tuesday October 18 at a dinner at Guildhall in London.

The winner will receive £50,000 (€56,000) and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book.

Last year's prize was won by Howard Jacobson for his book The Finkler Question.

The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize is:

:: Julian Barnes, The Sense Of An Ending

:: Sebastian Barry, On Canaan's Side

:: Carol Birch, Jamrach's Menagerie

:: Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers

:: Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues

:: Yvvette Edwards, A Cupboard Full Of Coats

:: Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child

:: Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English

:: Patrick McGuinness, The Last Hundred Days

:: AD Miller, Snowdrops

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