- Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate)
- NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Chatto & Windus)
- Jim Crace, Harvest (Picador)
- Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (Granta)
- Eve Harris, The Marrying of Chanai Kaufman (Sandstone Press)
- Richard House, The Kills (Picador)
- Alison MacLeod, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton)
- Colum McCann, Transatlantic (Bloomsbury)
- Charlote Mendelson, Almost English (Mantle)
- Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (Canongate)
- Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland)
- Colm Toibin, The Testament of Mary (Viking)
- Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Bloomsbury)
If some of these authors or titles seem unfamiliar it could be because some of these books haven't even hit the bookshops yet. Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, set in India and America, and Eleanor Catton's novel about a woman on trial for murder during the 19th century New Zealand Gold Rush, are not due out until September which doesn't give much time for ordinary readers to get hold of them before the shortlist is announced.
Some names are notable for their absence like Margaret Attwood and Kate Atkinson. But there are some new names too in the form of first-time authors NoViolet Bulawayo, Eve Harris and Donal Ryan.
While the judging panel members have been congratulating themselves on selecting a very diverse list of authors and styles, how has the rest of the literary world reacted?
- The Guardian called it 'daring' - see their comments here
- The Bookseller was delighted that independent publishers were well represented
- The Independent led on the fact some 'big hitting' authors were missing but went on to quote a literary agency chief executive praising the vibrancy of the list "It is one of the few longlists in recent years where I want to read more than a handful. Full of life, vibrancy and different worlds."
- The Telegraph also highlighted the missing big name authors
What do you all think of the list? Does anyone plan to read all or some of them??