The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday, Wednesday 29 July 2015 and Nigerian author, Chigozie Obioma’s novel, ‘The Fisherman’ made the longlist along with twelve others.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success. This is the second year that the prize, first awarded in 1969, has been open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

Previously, the prize was open only to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 15 September at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor.

The 2015 winner will be announced on Tuesday 13 October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world.

The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC. Congratulations to Chigozie and good luck!

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