Booker Prize longlist gets intimate: the fulfilment of a promise?

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Booker Prize longlist gets intimate: the fulfilment of a promise?

Kazuo Ishiguro, Richard Powers and Rachel Cusk make the cut, and it could be third time lucky for SA’s Damon Galgut

Monique Verduyn

The “Booker Dozen” has been announced and it includes two South Africans. It’s also free of the controversy that has plagued the prize in the past. No graphic novels or other “foolish” choices that caused previous upsets. Inspired perhaps by last year’s masterful Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart, the judges eschewed controversy in favour of a racially diverse list of truly great writers.

The 13 books longlisted for the UK’s most prestigious prize for a novel written in English were chosen from 158, all published in the UK or Ireland between October 1 2020 and September 30 2021. The shortlist of six will be announced on September 14, and the winner, who will take home £50,000 in addition to huge sales and bragging rights, will be announced on November 2.

Five previously longlisted authors, including Booker and Nobel prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, made this year’s longlist, along with previously shortlisted authors Damon Galgut, Richard Powers and Sunjeev Sahota and longlisted author Mary Lawson...

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