Paul Beatty, author of The Sellout - one of thirteen titles long listed in the prestigious Man Booker competition.

The Booker's Dozen

19th August 2016

The second hottest literary list of the year – the Man Booker Longlist – has now been revealed. The hottest, of course, is the Shortlist, due on 13 September. Editor Jill Glenn and Assistant Editor Lisa Botwright will be reviewing each of the Longlisted titles online (if they can read fast enough…) and we’ll be printing their reviews of the six Shortlisted books in our 17 September magazine. To whet your appetites, here’s a quick preview…

THE SELLOUT, Paul Beatty

A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s ‘The Sellout’ showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.


An allegorical tale tackling big questions about growing up, what it means to be a ‘parent,’ the constant battle between intellect and emotion, and how we choose to live our lives.


Two decent, damaged people trying to make moral choices in an immoral world: ready to sacrifice what’s left of themselves for honesty, and for a chance at tenderness.

HOT MILK, Deborah Levy

Examining female rage and sexuality, Levy explores the strange, monstrous nature of motherhood, testing the bonds of parent and child to breaking point, in a richly mythic tale.

HIS BLOODY PROJECT, Graeme Macrae Burnet

1869: a brutal murder in a remote crofting community… ingeniously recounted through the accused’s memoir, trial transcripts and news reports in this riveting literary thriller.


A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard. A dark, sharp and highly original tale of humanity challenged by the most extreme conditions.

HYSTOPIA, David Means

A twisted vision of a destabilised and alternative American history lies at the heart of this novel, which reveals the crazy reality of trauma, both national and personal.

THE MANY, Wyl Menmuir

Obsessions, intrigues, painful truths – this is an unsettling tale that explores the impact of loss and the devastation that hits when the foundations on which we rely are swept away.

EILEEN, Ottessa Moshfegh

An unassuming and disturbed young woman is beguiled by a miraculous new friendship, and pulled into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.

WORK LIKE ANY OTHER, Virginia Reeves

Alabama in the 1920s… a young man in prison for manslaughter struggles to find peace; a novel about love and redemption, and how to escape the heavy burdens of family and guilt.

MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, Elizabeth Strout

A woman in hospital receives an unexpected visit from her estranged mother… and is forced to confront desires and tensions that have haunted her since childhood.

ALL THAT MAN IS, David Szalay

Nine men: each at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving to understand just what it means to be alive, here and now.


An epic novel about the far-reaching effects of China’s revolutionary history, told through the stories of two interlinked musical familes, from the 1940s to the present day.

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia Williams. It was chosen from 155 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.

First awarded in 1969, the prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

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