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Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 Longlist Announcement

Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 Longlist Announcement

The ultimate prize to win in the English speaking world’

JM Coetzee


Man Booker Prize goes global with its first international longlist

Today, Wednesday 23 July 2014, marks a historic moment for the Man Booker Prize, as it announces its first global longlist.

For the first time in its 46 year history, the £50,000 prize has, in 2014, been opened up to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.  Previously, the prize was open to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe.

A touchstone for quality literary fiction

First awarded in 1969, the prize is recognised as the touchstone for high quality literary fiction written in English. Its canon contains many of the literary trailblazers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: from Salman Rushdie to Hilary Mantel, Iris Murdoch to Peter Carey.

The rules of the prize changed at the end of 2013, to embrace ‘the freedom of English in all its vigour, its vitality, its versatility and its glory wherever it may be’, opening up to writers beyond the UK and Commonwealth.

2014 Man Booker Dozen

154 books were entered for this year’s prize by UK publishers, of which 44 titles were by authors who are now eligible under the new rule changes.  Commonwealth submissions totalled 31 for this year, as compared with 43 in 2013.

The 2014 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

Author (nationality)                  Title (publisher)

Joshua Ferris (American)             To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking)

Richard Flanagan (Australian)     The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto & Windus)

Karen Joy Fowler (American)       We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Serpent's Tail)

Siri Hustvedt (American)              The Blazing World (Sceptre)

Howard Jacobson (British)           J (Jonathan Cape)

Paul Kingsnorth (British)             The Wake (Unbound)

David Mitchell (British)                 The Bone Clocks (Sceptre)

Neel Mukherjee (British)              The Lives of Others (Chatto & Windus)

David Nicholls (British)                 Us (Hodder & Stoughton)

Joseph O'Neill (Irish/American)  The Dog (Fourth Estate)

Richard Powers (American)          Orfeo  (Atlantic Books)

Ali Smith (British)                          How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton)

Niall Williams (Irish)                     History of the Rain (Bloomsbury)


This year there are four independent publishers on the list, of which one (Unbound) is a crowd-funded publisher.


Chair of the 2014 judges, AC Grayling, comments on behalf of the panel:


‘This is a diverse list of ambition, experiment, humour and artistry. The novels selected are full of wonderful stories and fascinating characters.


‘The judges were impressed by the high quality of writing and the range of issues tackled - from 1066 to the future, from a PoW camp in Thailand, to a dentist’s chair in Manhattan; from the funny to the deeply serious, sometimes in the same book.’

Shortlist and winner announcements

The 2014 panel of judges will decide the shortlist later this summer. In addition to AC Grayling, they include: Jonathan Bate; Sarah Churchwell; Daniel Glaser; Alastair Niven and Erica Wagner.

The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 9 September at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor.

The 2014 winner announcement will then be broadcast by the prize’s broadcasting partner, the BBC, from London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 14 October, during a black-tie dinner bringing together the shortlisted authors, sponsor and well-known names from the literary world.

Winning the Man Booker Prize

The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. On winning the Man Booker Prize, an author will receive a further £50,000 and can expect overnight fame and international recognition, not to mention a significant increase in book sales. In a discussion with the 2013 Chair of judges, Robert Macfarlane, 2013 winner Eleanor Catton said on winning the prize:

So many things have changed… I’ve been given opportunities to travel and to see my book read by such an astonishingly wide readership all over the world.’

Following her second win in 2012, Hilary Mantel topped the UK Official Top 50 with the sales of Bring up the Bodies, her sequel to Wolf Hall which won in 2009. Sales of her winning novels together exceeded a million copies in their UK editions. Theatre adaptations by the Royal Shakespeare Company of both novels have been widely praised, and the BBC is now preparing television adaptations. These are not the only winning novels to have gone on to have second or third lives as stage and screen adaptations; other famous examples include Schindler’s Ark (directed by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List), The Remains of the Day and The English Patient.

Changes to prize rules in 2014

This year’s rule changes see the prize abandoning geographical constraints so that all authors writing in English are eligible. On the changes, Salman Rushdie commented: ‘I think it's a really great thing that finally we've got an English-language prize that doesn't make a distinction for writers who are writing from a particular country.’ 

Other changes include the number of books a publisher can submit, based on their success in longlists over the previous five years.

Chairman of the Booker Prize Foundation, Jonathan Taylor, said: ‘Our new model, in recognising literary achievement, should encourage the traditional publishing houses while ensuring novels from new green-shoot publishers continue to be included.

‘By including writers from around the world to compete alongside Commonwealth and Irish writers, the Man Booker Prize is reinforcing its standing as the most important literary award in the English-speaking world.’  

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Notes to Editors

·         The 2014 longlist consists of 13 books.  The rules state that a longlist of 12 or 13 books – ‘The Man Booker Dozen’ – is to be selected, followed by a shortlist of six. UK publishers may submit novels written in the English language and published in the UK between 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014. The number of books a publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists over the previous five years, as follows:


-          1 submission - publishers with no longlistings

-          2 submissions - publishers with 1 or 2 longlisting(s)

-          3 submissions - publishers with 3 or 4 longlistings

-          4 submissions - publishers with 5 or more longlistings


This means that the number of submissions for each publisher may change year on year. The rule which allows submission of any new title by an author who has previously been shortlisted for the Booker (pre-2002) or Man Booker Prize remains


·         In addition, the judges ‘call in’ a number of novels each year: in addition to their main submission, a publisher may submit a list of up to five titles for consideration, accompanied by a justification from the editor. The judges are required to call in no fewer than eight and no more than 12 of these titles. The judges are also permitted to call in other books published within the requisite dates, even if the book has not been submitted through any other route


·         Eleanor Catton won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with The Luminaries (Granta). To date, Granta have sold 300,000 copies in the UK and almost 500,000 worldwide


·         The prize was first awarded in 1969 and has been sponsored by the Man Group since 2002. The long-term future of the prize was secured in 2011 with the announcement of a renewed 10 year sponsorship from the Man Group. The title ‘Booker Prize’ therefore only applies to prize years 1969 – 2001, before Man Group plc’s sponsorship began and since 2002 it has been called The Man Booker Prize for Fiction. It would be greatly appreciated if you could ensure that your editorial is factually correct by referring to the prize’s full title at least once, if not in the headline, then in your next subsequent mention.  For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website:


·         The Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules and on the selection of the judges, represents all aspects of the book world.   Its members are:


Ion Trewin, Chair (Literary Director, Booker Prize Foundation); Richard Cable, publisher; Mark Chilton, Company Secretary and General Counsel of Booker Group plc; Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive, Man; Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust; Maggie Fergusson, writer and Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature; Basil Comely, BBC TV; Derek Johns, Non-executive Chairman, Granta; Peter Kemp, Chief Fiction Reviewer, The Sunday Times; James Daunt,  Managing Director of Waterstones; Nigel Newton, publisher; Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize Administrator); Eve Smith (Company Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation); and Robert Topping; Topping & Company Booksellers.


·         The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the prize. The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation are former Chairman of Booker plc, Jonathan Taylor CBE (Chair); Lord Baker of Dorking CH; writer, critic and broadcaster, Bidisha; playwright and President of the Royal Literary Fund, Sir Ronald Harwood CBE; former Chair of the British Council and Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, Baroness Kennedy QC; Professor of Creative Writing, Royal Holloway College University of London and former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion; broadcaster, James Naughtie; biographer, Victoria Glendinning CBE and former Finance Director of Rentokil plc, Christopher Pearce. Martyn Goff CBE, former Man Booker Prize administrator, is President of the Foundation and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne and Baroness Neuberger are Vice Presidents.  


·         Man is an established alternative investment management business. It has expertise in a wide range of liquid investment styles including managed futures, equity, credit and convertibles, emerging markets, global macro and multi-manager, combined with strong product structuring, distribution and client service capabilities. At 31 March 2014, Man managed $55 billion.


The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250 Index with a market capitalisation of around £2.2 billion. Man is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Man also supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes. Further information can be found at 


·         Booker is the UK's leading food wholesaler with over 170 branches nationwide.  It serves over 350,000 independent businesses


·         The Booker Prize Foundation has a longstanding partnership with the RNIB, and the Foundation funds the production by RNIB of the shortlist in formats for the visually impaired including braille, giant print and Talking Books


  • The Booker Prize Archive was given on loan in 2003 to Oxford Brookes University where it now resides