Arundhati Roy’s long-awaited second novel, Ministry of Utmost Happiness , has made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize
London,July28:Arundhati Roy’s long-awaited second novel has made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize – 20 years after winning the award with her first.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is one of 13 novels longlisted for the prize.
Two British Smiths, Ali and Zadie, also make the cut, as do first-time novelists Emily Fridlund, Fiona Mozley and George Saunders.
The longlist includes four US writers, one year on from the prize going to its first American recipient.
They include veteran writer Paul Auster, recognised – at the age of 70 – for 4 3 2 1, his first novel in seven years.
American writers have been eligible for the £50,000 prize since 2014, a move labelled “daft” by 2011 winner Julian Barnes.
Colson Whitehead, Saunders and Fridlund make up the rest of the US contingent, while Mozley and Jon McGregor complete the quartet of UK contenders.
The longlist is completed by two Irish authors – Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack – and two novelists who were born in Pakistan, Mohsin Hamid and Kamila Shamsie.
The list was chosen from 144 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017.
2017 Man Booker Prize longlist
- Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1
- Sebastian Barry, Days Without End
- Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves
- Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
- Mike McCormack, Solar Bones
- Jon McGregor, Reservoir 13
- Fiona Mozley, Elmet
- Arundhati Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
- George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
- Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
- Ali Smith, Autumn
- Zadie Smith, Swing Time
- Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Indian author Roy won the Booker in 1997 with her best-selling debut novel The God of Small Things.
Her second novel, published in June, is described by the Booker judges as “a rich and vital book [that] comes from the bowels of India”.