The Booker Prize is considered by many to be the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.
This year features four fresh new faces with debut novels; four Irish writers, making up a third of the longlist for the first time; books that span four continents; and a novel featuring a neurodiverse protagonist, written from personal experience. It doesn't stop there, ten of the authors are recognised by the Booker Prize for the first time, and three of the writers have seven previous nominations between them.
The 13 books on this year’s longlist – the ‘Booker dozen’ – were chosen by the 2023 judging panel: novelist and twice-shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Esi Edugyan (chair); actor, writer and director, Adjoa Andoh; poet, lecturer, editor and critic, Mary Jean Chan; Professor of English and Comparartive Literature at Columbia University, and Shakespeare specialist, James Shapiro; and actor and writer, Robert Webb.
The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.
Find out more at thebookerprizes.com