Big Names Fail To Make It To 2012s Man Booker Prize Longlist

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   (2012-07-26 00:00:00)

London: The Man Booker Prize longlist for 2012 has snubbed the "old guard" with Rose Tremain, Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan and Martin Amis failing to make the cut.

The list of 12 books includes 'Bring Up The Bodies' by Hilary Mantel, a sequel to her 2009 Booker winner Wolf Hall.

Nicola Barker, Michael Frayn and Will Self were also selected.

However, big names including Zadie Smith, Martin Amis, Rose Tremain, Ian McEwan and Peter Carey failed to make the list, with the judges choosing works from new writers and small independent publishers.

There are four debut novelists on the list - Joyce, Moore, Thayil and Thompson.

"Goodness, madness and bewildering urban change are among the themes of this year's longlist. In an extraordinary year for fiction the 'Man Booker Dozen' proves the grip that the novel has on our world," the Telegraph quoted Peter Stothard, chairman of the judges, as saying.

"We did not set out to reject the old guard but, after a year of sustained critical argument by a demanding panel of judges, the new has come powering through," he said.

The longlist was whittled down from 145 titles. The shortlist will be announced on September 11 and the winner on October 16.

The five judges for this year's prize are - the chairman Sir Peter Stothard, editor of the TLS, academic Dinah Birch, Bharat Tandon, a former Oxford academic and regular fiction reviewer; Amanda Foreman, the historian best known for her first book, Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, and the actor Dan Stevens, who appeared in the TV adaptation of the 2005 Man Booker winner 'The Line of Beauty' and stars as Matthew Crawley in 'Downton Abbey'