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Sebastian Barry gets another shot at Man Booker Prize

Robert Dex

Published 26/07/2011 | 17:08

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

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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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