Three Canadians on Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist

Alison Pick

The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize was announced July 26. The "Man Booker Dozen" includes a former Booker Prize winner, four first-time novelists and three Canadian writers.

Patrick deWitt, who was born in British Columbia, was selected for his second novel, The Sisters Brothers. Esi Edugyan, who currently lives and teaches in Victoria, B.C., was named to the longlist for her novel, Half-Blood Blues. Canadian poet and novelist Alison Pick's second novel, Far to Go, has also been added to the longlist.

Far to Go tells the story of the Bauers, an affluent Jewish family, who live in Czechoslovakia during the build-up to the Second World War. In November 2010, Pick sat down with Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter to discuss her compelling story about family in a time of war. Tune in to the interview above, and for the full "Man Booker Dozen," check out the list below.

Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards
The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness
Snowdrops by A.D. Miller
Far to Go by Alison Pick
The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers
Derby Day by D.J. Taylor

What do you think of the list? Are there any books you're surprised to see, or any you're surprised you're not seeing? Let us know in the comments!

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