Marilynne Robinson, Anne Tyler, Hanya Yanagihara, and literary agent Bill Clegg are among the U.S. writers longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize. This is the second year that the prize has been open to authors of any nationality who have an English-language book published in the U.K. Previously the prize, which comes with £50,000, was awarded to authors from the U.K. and Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland, and Zimbabwe.
The list includes three debut novelists—Clegg, Chigozie Obioma and Anna Smaill. Marlon James, who resides in Minnesota, is the first Jamaican-born author to be nominated for the prize.
The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 15, and the winner will be revealed on October 13 at an event broadcast by the BBC.
The 2015 Man Booker Longlist:
Bill Clegg (US) Did You Ever Have a Family (Gallery/Scout Press)
Anne Enright (Ireland) The Green Road (Norton)
Marlon James (Jamaica) A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead)
Laila Lalami (US) The Moor's Account (Pantheon)
Tom McCarthy (UK) Satin Island (Knopf)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) The Fishermen (Little, Brown)
Andrew O’Hagan (UK) The Illuminations (FSG)
Marilynne Robinson (US) Lila (FSG)
Anuradha Roy (India) Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus)
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) The Year of the Runaways (Knopf)
Anna Smaill (New Zealand) The Chimes (Sceptre)
Anne Tyler (US) A Spool of Blue Thread (Knopf)
Hanya Yanagihara (US) A Little Life (Doubleday)