Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh in Man Booker long list

Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh in Man Booker long list
London, July 28 (PTI) Salman Rushdie and Amitav Ghosh figure in the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist with Pakistani writer Mohammed Hanif also in the reckoning.

The longlist of 13 books, often referred to as the 'Man Booker Dozen', was chosen from 112 entries, the organisers said today.

The shortlist will be announced on September 9 here and the winner will be named on October 14.

"With a notable degree of consensus, the five Man Booker judges decided on their longlist of 13 books. The judges are pleased with the geographical balance of the longlist with writers from Pakistan, India, Australia, Ireland and UK.

"We also are happy with the interesting mix of books, five first novels and two novels by former winners. The list covers an extraordinary variety of writing. Still two qualities emerge this year: large scale narrative and the striking use of humour," chair of judges, Michael Portillo, said.

Other titles besides Rushdie's "The Enchantress of Florence", Ghosh's "Sea of Poppies" and Hanif's "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" are "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga, "Girl in a Blue Dress" by Gaynor Arnold, "The Secret Scripture" (Sebastian Barry), "From A to X" (John Berger), "The Lost Dog" (Michelle de Kretser), "The Clothes on Their Backs" (Linda Grant), "The Northern Clemency" (Philip Hensher), "Netherland" (Joseph O'Neill), "Child 44" (Tom Rob Smith) and "A Fraction of the Whole" (Steve Toltz).

The jury also had Alex Clark (editor of Granta), novelist Louise Doughty, founder of Ottakar's bookshops James Heneage and TV and radio broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli.

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