One of the most prestigious awards in the literary world, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction has announced its longlist for 2020. Known as the “Booker Dozen”, the list of 13 titles was selected by an expert panel of judges, chaired by Margaret Busby.
Later in the year a shortlist will be drawn up from the total 13 before an overall winner is selected. Last year’s prize was awarded jointly to Margaret Atwood for her The Handmaid’s Tale sequel, The Testaments and Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other.
To be considered for the prize, a novel must be written in English and published in the UK or Ireland, although the author can be any nationality. This year’s candidates were chosen from 162 titles published between 1st October 2019 and 20th September 2020.
Man Booker Prize longlist 2020
The New Wilderness - Diane Cook
This Mournable Body - Tsitsi Dangarembga
Burnt Sugar - Avni Doshi
Who They Was - Gabriel Krauze
The Mirror & The Light - Hilary Mantel
Apeirogon - Colum McCann
The Shadow King - Maaza Mengiste
Such a Fun Age - Kiley Reid
Real Life - Brandon Taylor
Redhead by The Side of The Road - Anne Tyler
Shuggie Bain - Douglas Stuart
Love and Other Thought Experiments - Sophie Ward
How Much of These Hills is Gold - C Pam Zhang