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2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist Announced

This week the Man Booker Prize long-list was announced.

The 13 contenders for the 2011 Man Booker Prize are:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Julian Barnes –  The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape – Random House)
Sebastian Barry –  On Canaan’s Side (Faber)
Carol BirchJamrach’s Menagerie (Canongate Books)
Patrick deWittThe Sisters Brothers (Granta)

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuiness

Esi EdugyanHalf Blood Blues (Serpent’s Tail)
Yvvette EdwardsA Cupboard Full of Coats (Oneworld)
Alan HollinghurstThe Stranger’s Child (Picador – Pan Macmillan)
Stephen Kelman –  Pigeon English (Bloomsbury)
Patrick McGuinnessThe Last Hundred Days (Seren Books)

Snowdrops by A D Miller Far To Go by Alison Pick The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers Derby Day by D J Taylor

A.D. MillerSnowdrops (Atlantic)
Alison PickFar to Go (Headline Review)
Jane Rogers The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press)
D.J. Taylor Derby Day (Chatto & Windus – Random House)

The six author shortlist will be announced on 6 September, with the 2011 Man Booker Prize Winner announced on 18 October 2011.

The list includes one former Prize winner, Alan Hollinghurst, two previously short-listed authors, Sebastian Barry and Julian Barnes, and previously long-listed Carol Birch.

I will admit to having read none of the titles on this year’s long list as yet — some titles I had not even heard of.

How many of the 2011 Man Booker longlist had you read prior to the anouncement?

I will not have time to read all 13 before October, so I will have to choose wisely.

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Of those you have read, which would you recommend?