Room longlisted for Man Booker Prize

27 July 2010

Emma Donoghue's Room has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the leading literary award in the English-speaking world.

Emma was overjoyed and said that she 'couldn't be more startled and delighted' with the news.

Sam Humphreys, Emma's editor, was thrilled with the announcement: "I'm thrilled. I called Emma yesterday afternoon; I was in central London, amid traffic and tourists, and right by some building work, so I could hardly hear her, and I'm sure she could hardly hear me - but it was one of the best phone calls I've ever had to make. I'm absolutely delighted - for Emma, and for the book. Congratulations, Emma!"

Paul Baggaley, Picador Publisher, also expressed his excitement: "Quite simply, this is the most wonderful news. Emma's book is that rare thing - a work of imagination that is both stylistically brave and brilliantly achieved, and this can only help it reach the readers it deserves."

Sir Andrew Motion, the chair of judges said: "Here are thirteen exceptional novels - books we have chosen for their intrinsic quality, without reference to the past work of their authors. Wide-ranging in their geography and their concern, they tell powerful stories which make the familiar strange and cover an enormous range of history and feeling. We feel confident that they will provoke and entertain."

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 7 September and the winner will be revealed on Tuesday 12 October at a dinner hosted at London's Guildhall. The event will also be broadcast live on the BBC Ten O'Clock News.

Chaired by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, the 2010 judges are Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, formerly a dancer, now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster; Tom Sutcliffe, journalist, broadcaster and author and Frances Wilson, biographer and critic.

The longlist in full:

Peter Carey - Parrot and Olivier in America
Emma Donoghue - Room
Helen Dunmore - The Betrayal
Damon Galgut - In a Strange Room
Howard Jacobson - The Finkler Question
Andrea Levy - The Long Song 
Tom McCarthy - 
David Mitchell - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Lisa Moore - February
Paul Murray - Skippy Dies
Rose Tremain - Trespass
Christos Tsiolkas - The Slap
Alan Warner - The Stars in the Bright Sky

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