The 13 books on the longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction were announced on 26th July. A total of 138 books were considered for the longlist. The chair of judges, Dame Stella Rimington, commented: 'We are delighted by the quality and breadth of our longlist, which emerged from an impassioned discussion. The list ranges from the Wild West to multi-ethnic London via post Cold War Moscow and Bucharest, and includes four first novels'. The 13 books on the list include one former Man Booker Prize winner, two previously shortlisted writers and one longlisted author, four first time novelists and three Canadian writers. Alan Hollinghurst won the prize in 2004 for The Line of Beauty. He was also shortlisted in 1994 for The Folding Star. Sebastian Barry has been shortlisted on two occasions for The Secret Scripture in 2008 and A Long Long Way in 2005. Julian Barnes has been shortlisted on three previous occasions while Carol Birch was longlisted in 2003. The four first time novelists on the list are Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness.
The books 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
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 McGuinness
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
The shortlist of six authors will be announced on Tuesday 6th September, with the winner being announced on Tuesday 18th October at a dinner at London's Guildhall which will be broadcast on the BBC. The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.