The prestigious list includes titles from J.M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Strout, and A.L. Kennedy

By Madeline Raynor
July 27, 2016 at 11:58 AM EDT

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist made its debut on Wednesday, and the list includes buzzy books from Nobel Prize and two-time Man Booker Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, 2012 nominee Deborah Levy, past judge A.L. Kennedy, and four authors with debut novels (David Means, Wyl Menmiur, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Virginia Reeves). Five authors hail from the United States (Paul Beatty, Means, Moshfegh, Reeves, and Elizabeth Strout).

The Man Booker Prize is awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. The longlist, also known as the Man Booker Dozen, always consists of either 12 or 13 books. Following today’s announcement of the longlist, the 2016 shortlist will be announced September 13 and the winner will be chosen October 25 at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, televised by the BBC. The prize is a chance for little-known but talented authors to achieve recognition and gain readers.

“From the historical to the contemporary, the satirical to the poetic, the novels in this list come from both established writers and new voices,” the Man Booker chair of this year’s judges Dr. Amanda Foreman said in a statement. “The writing is uniformly fresh, energetic and important. It is a longlist to be relished.”

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Jamaican author Marlon James nabbed last year’s award, and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara notably made the shortlist. Recent authors featured on Man Booker lists include Joshua Ferris, David Mitchell, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki, and Eleanor Catton (the latter won the prize in 2013 for The Luminaries).

See the complete longlist below:

Paul Beatty – The Sellout

J.M. Coetzee – The Schooldays of Jesus

A.L. Kennedy – Serious Sweet

Deborah Levy – Hot Milk

Graeme Macrae Burnet – His Bloody Project

Ian McGuire – The North Water

David Means – Hystopia*

Wyl Menmuir – The Many*

Ottessa Moshfegh – Eileen*

Virginia Reeves – Work Like Any Other*

Elizabeth Strout – My Name Is Lucy Barton

David Szalay – All That Man Is

Madeleine Thien – Do Not Say We Have Nothing

 

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