Four first time novelists rub shoulders with a former winner and two previously shortlisted writers in the longlist for this year's prestigious Man Booker Prize that does not feature any Indian author.
The list of 13 books announced today were picked up from 138 books, includes Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child. Hollinghurst earlier won the $ 80,000 prize in 2004 for The Line of Beauty.
The 13 authors on the list also include two previously shortlisted writers and one longlisted author and three Canadian writers, besides four first timers.
The titles were chosen by a panel of five judges chaired by author and former director general of Mi5, Dame Stella Rimington.
Among the 13 titles are Julian Barnes' 'The Sense of an Ending', Sebastian Barry's 'On Canaan's Side', Patrick deWitt's 'The Sisters Brothers', AD Miller's Snowdrops, among others.
The four first time novelists on the list are Stephen Kelman for 'Pigeon Engli', Yvvette Edwards for 'A Cupboard Full of Coats' and Patrick McGuinness for 'The Last Hundred Days' besides AD Miller.
Alison Pick, who's 'Far to Go' has been longlisted, Esi Edugyan with 'Half Blood Blues' and Patrick deWitt, are the three Canadians who have made it to the list.
The shortlist of six authors will be announced on September 6.
Arundhati Roy, Kiran Desai and Arvinda Adiga are among the Indians who have won the Booker Prize. However, no Indian write featured in the longlist this year.
The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on October 18.
The winner will receive 50,000 pounds and each of the six shortlisted authors including the winner, will receive 2,500 pounds and a designer bound edition of their book.