Friday 17 November 2017

Man Booker Prize longlist snubs Amis, McEwan and Smith

The Man Booker Prize judges for 2012 from left to right: Bharat Tandon, Dinah Birch, Sir Peter Stothard, Amanda Foreman and Dan Stevens
The Man Booker Prize judges for 2012 from left to right: Bharat Tandon, Dinah Birch, Sir Peter Stothard, Amanda Foreman and Dan Stevens

Anita Singh

The Man Booker Prize longlist for 2012 has been revealed



The Man Booker Prize longlist has snubbed the "old guard" with Rose Tremain, Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan and Martin Amis failing to make the cut.

The list of 12 books includes Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, a sequel to her 2009 Booker winner Wolf Hall.



Nicola Barker, Michael Frayn and Will Self were also selected.



But big names including Zadie Smith, Martin Amis, Rose Tremain, Ian McEwan and Peter Carey failed to make the list, with the judges choosing works from new writers and and small independent publishers.



There are four debut novelists on the list.



The 12 contenders are:



The Yips - Nicola Barker



The Teleportation Accident - Ned Beauman



Philida - Andre Brink



The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng



Skios - Michael Frayn



The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce



Swimming Home - Deborah Levy



Bring Up The Bodies - Hilary Mantel



The Lighthouse - Alison Moore



Umbrella - Will Self



Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil



Communion Town - Sam Thompson



The four debut novelists are Joyce, Moore, Thayil and Thompson.



Peter Stothard, chairman of the judges, said: "Goodness, madness and bewildering urban change are among the themes of this year’s longlist. In an extraordinary year for fiction the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ proves the grip that the novel has on our world.



"We did not set out to reject the old guard but, after a year of sustained critical argument by a demanding panel of judges, the new has come powering through.”



Zadie Smith's long-awaited fourth novel, NW, had been expected to make the longlist, as had Rose Tremain's Restoration follow-up Merivel: A Man Of His Time. There was no place on the list for The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey, Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, Ancient Light by John Banville, Capital by John Lanchester or Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis - all of which had been tipped as contenders.

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