The Booker Prize award, presented each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom, is one of the most prestigious in the world. The Booker Prize Foundation revealed the annual longlist of 13 authors (up for its literary award), on Tuesday.
Topping the list, in 2019, are two former Booker Prize winners, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, as well as Valeria Luiselli’s first novel, Lost Children Archive. Also amongst the ‘Booker Dozen’ are Nigerian author, Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria), whose debut novel, My Sister, The Serial Killer continues to gain massive traction, and Chigozie Obioma, author of An Orchestra of Minorities.
Speaking on Braithwaite’s novel, Jon Michaud of the Washington Post says, “The novel is a playful yet affecting examination of sibling rivalry, the legacy of abuse and the shallow sexism of Nigeria’s patriarchal society,” while Obioma’s story is a heart-breaking tale of a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves. “It is more than a superb and tragic novel; it’s a historical treasure,” reviews the Boston Globe.
The longlist also includes Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (Ireland), Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (UK), and 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey).