Two Nigerian-born authors, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Chigozie Obioma, have made the long-list of authors or ‘Booker Dozen’ contesting for the 2019 Booker Prize of £50,000.
Braithwaite’s “My Sister, the Serial Killer” and Obioma’s “An Orchestra of Minorities” placed them on the long-list; chosen from 151 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.
Speaking about the list, Peter Florence, chair of the 2019 judges, said “If you only read one book this year, make a leap. Read all 13 of these. There are Nobel candidates and debutants on this list. There are no favourites; they are all credible winners.
“They imagine our world, familiar from news cycle disaster and grievance, with wild humour, deep insight and a keen humanity. These writers offer joy and hope. They celebrate the rich complexity of English as a global language. They are exacting, enlightening and entertaining. Really – read all of them.”
Also commenting on the 2019 Booker Prize, Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, stated that “Watching the 2019 Booker Prize judges arrive at this wonderful list has been an invigorating experience,” adding that “exercising their sharp minds and varied tastes, the judges weighed up each book individually yet produced a collection that shows the incredible range of what’s being written today.”
According to a statement released on the Booker Prize’s website, “the shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 3 September at a morning press conference. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.”
The 2019 winner who is expected to get an international recognition will be announced on Monday 14 October at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, which will be broadcast by the BBC.
The 2019 long-list or ‘Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels consisted of: Margaret Atwood (Canada), The Testaments; Kevin Barry (Ireland), Night Boat to Tangier; Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK), Ducks, Newburyport; Bernardine Evaristo (UK), Girl, Woman, Other; John Lanchester (UK), The Wall; Deborah Levy (UK), The Man Who Saw Everything.
It also included: Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy), Lost Children Archive; Max Porter (UK), Lanny; Salman Rushdie (UK/India), Quichotte; Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey), 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World; and Jeanette Winterson (UK), Frankissstein.
Other members of the panel of judges include: former fiction publisher and editor, Liz Calder; novelist, essayist and filmmaker, Xiaolu Guo; writer, broadcaster and former barrister, Afua Hirsch; and concert pianist, conductor and composer, Joanna MacGregor.