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More Than Half of Those on This Year's Man Booker Prize Long List Are Women

More Than Half of Those on This Year's Man Booker Prize Long List Are Women

By Danica Lo

The Man Booker Prize — one of the most highly esteemed literary prizes in the English-speaking world, which has previously been won by luminaries including Hilary Mantel (for "Bring Up the Bodies" in 2012 and "Wolf Hall" in 2009), Margaret Atwood (for "The Blind Assassin" in 2000), and Arundhati Roy (for "The God of Small Things" in 1997) — announced its 2015 long list Wednesday.

The 13 books — culled from a list of 156, which will later be narrowed even further to a short list to be announced this September — include seven by women authors. That's more than half!

The long list includes
• Bill Clegg for "Did You Ever Have a Family"
• Anne Enright for "The Green Road"
• Marlon James for "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
• Laila Lalami for "The Moor's Account"
• Tom McCarthy for "Satin Island"
• Chigozie Obioma for "The Fishermen"
• Andrew O'Hagan for "The Illuminations"
• Marilynne Robinson for "Lila"
• Anuradha Roy for "Sleeping on Jupiter"
• Sunjeev Sahota for "The Year of the Runaways"
• Anna Smaill for "The Chimes"
• Anne Tyler for "A Spool of Blue Thread"
• Hanya Yanagihara for "A Little Life"

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