The name of 13 books that are on the longlist for the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced by the organizers on Tuesday. These books have been selected from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. The prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.
The authors who have been longlisted for the prestigious prize include, British novelist Hilary Mantel for The Mirror and the Light, The American novelists on the list are, Tyler for Redhead by the Side of the Road, Diane Cook for The New Wilderness, Avni Doshi for Burnt Sugar, Kiley Reid for Such a Fun Age, Brandon Taylor for Real Life, and C. Pam Zhang for How Much of These Hills is Gold.
British writers on the list are Gabriel Krauze for Who They Was, Douglas Stuart for Shuggie Bain, and Sophie Ward for Love and Other Thought Experiments. Rounding out the longlist are Apeirogon by Ireland’s Colum McCann; This Mournable Boy by Zimbabwe’s Tsitsi Dangarembga and The Shadow King by Ethiopian-American writer Maaza Mengiste.
The panel of five judges for the 2020 Booker Prize included Lee Child, author; Sameer Rahim, author, and critic; Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster; and Emily Wilson, classicist, and translator. The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 15 and the winner revealed in November. The winner will receive £50,000, while the shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.