British novelist Julian Barnes, best-known for ‘Flaubert's Parrot and England, England,' his hilariously satirical take on modern Britain's decline, is among the 13 writers longlisted for this year's £50,000 Man Booker Prize.
Barnes, a familiar figure on the Booker circuit having been shortlisted three times before, has been nominated for his new novel ‘The Sense of an Ending,' which is narrated by a man as he looks back on his life punctuated by hope and remorse.
The only former Booker winner on the list, announced on Tuesday, is Alan Hollinghurst who is nominated for his much-discussed novel ‘The Stranger's Child.'
Four debut novelists
There are four debut novelists: Stephen Kelman (Pigeon English), A.D. Miller (Snowdrops), Yvvette Edwards (A Cupboard full of Coats) and Patrick McGuinness (The Last Hundred Days).
Three Canadian writers on the list include Alison Pick, Patrick deWitt, and Esi Edugyan.
Others are Sebastian Barry, Carol Birch, D.J. Taylor and Alison Pick.
Winner will be announced on October 18
A shortlist of six authors will be announced in September and the winner on October 18.
This year's jury is chaired by Dame Stella Rimington, a former head of intelligence agency MI5.
She said: “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.”