The longlist for The Booker Prize, the U.K.'s premier prize for fiction, was announced today and comprises 13 titles.
Among the titles included on the list is Margaret Atwood's The Testaments, her sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. This is worth noting, as the book will not be published until September 10 and is under a strict, worldwide embargo. This loophole is made possible by the prize itself, which this year was open to any English language novel published in the U.K. or Ireland between October 1, 2018 and September, 30 2019.
Another notable characteristic of this year's list, no American novelists made the cut.
The Booker shortlist will be announced on September 3 and the winner on October 14.
The full longlist, with its U.K. publisher listed, is as follows.
Author (country/territory) Title (imprint)
Margaret Atwood (Canada) The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
Kevin Barry (Ireland) Night Boat to Tangier (Canongate Books)
Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria) My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic Books)
Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK) Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
Bernardine Evaristo (UK) Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
John Lanchester (UK) The Wall (Faber & Faber)
Deborah Levy (UK) The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton)
Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy) Lost Children Archive (4th Estate)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
Max Porter (UK) Lanny (Faber & Faber)
Salman Rushdie (UK/India) Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey) 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
Jeanette Winterson (UK) Frankissstein (Jonathan Cape)
This article has been updated.