The longlist of 17 books was chosen from 109 entries; 101 books were submitted for the prize and books from the call-in list totalled 8.
Chair of judges, John Sutherland, comments:
‘This has been an exceptional year, and in the judges’ opinion may rank as one of the strongest ever since the prize was founded in 1969. It is also a nicely balanced longlist with four previous Booker winners, three first novels and a satisfying range of styles. The judges have enjoyed their judging experience enormously – so far.’
The judging panel for the 2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is: John Sutherland (Chair); fiction editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Lindsay Duguid; writer and antiquarian book dealer, Rick Gekoski; novelist, Josephine Hart; and literary editor of The Evening Standard, David Sexton.
The 2005 shortlist will be announced on Thursday 8th September at a press conference at the Man Group’s London office. The winner will be announced on Monday 10th October at an awards ceremony at Guildhall, London and will be broadcast live on BBC TWO and BBC FOUR.
The longlist for the 2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is as follows;
|Aw, Tash||The Harmony Silk Factory||Fourth Estate|
|Banville, John||The Sea||Picador|
|Barnes, Julian||Arthur & George||Jonathan Cape|
|Barry, Sebastian||A Long Long Way||Faber & Faber|
|Coetzee, J.M.||Slow Man||Secker & Warburg|
|Cusk, Rachel||In the Fold||Faber & Faber|
|Ishiguro, Kazuo||Never Let Me Go||Faber & Faber|
|Jacobson, Dan||All For Love||Hamish Hamilton|
|Lewycka, Marina||A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian||Viking|
|Mantel, Hilary||Beyond Black||Fourth Estate|
|McEwan, Ian||Saturday||Jonathan Cape|
|Meek, James||The People’s Act of Love||Canongate|
|Rushdie, Salman||Shalimar The Clown||Jonathan Cape|
|Smith, Ali||The Accidental||Hamish Hamilton|
|Smith, Zadie||On Beauty||Hamish Hamilton|
|Thompson, Harry||This Thing Of Darkness||Headline Review|
|Wall, William||This Is The Country||Sceptre|