Alan Warner and Howard Jacobson amongst nominees for Man Booker Prize

2010 literary award longlist announced

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Alan Warner and Howard Jacobson amongst nominees for Man Booker Prize

Alan Warner is amongst the nominees for Man Booker Prize

The longlist of contenders for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 were announced yesterday. The prize of £50 000 is awarded to the best full-length novel by a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth, is written in English, and is published in the UK. Last year's winner was Hilary Mantel, for her novel 'Wolf Hall'.

The announcement comes weeks before the start of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2010. The festival has a reputation for booking authors who end up on the longlist long before it is decided, and this year is no exception, with all but three of the candidates – Peter Carey, Damon Galgut and Rose Tremain – attending.

The full longlist reads as follows:

'Parrot and Olivier in America' – Peter Carey

'Room' – Emma Donoghue

'The Betrayal' – Helen Dunmore

'In a Strange Room' – Damon Galgut

'The Finkler Question' – Howard Jacobson

'The Long Song' – Andrea Levy

'C' – Tom McCarthy

'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' – David Mitchell

'February' – Lisa Moore

'Skippy Dies' – Paul Murray

'Trespass' – Rose Tremain

'The Slap' – Christos Tsiolkas

'The Stars in the Bright Sky' – Alan Warner

The shortlist for the prize will be announced on Tue 7 Sep, with the prize awarded on Tue 12 Oct.

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