Longlist for 2014 Booker Prize Announced

The Longlist for the 2014 Booker Prize has been announced, and this year’s contending books are:

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J,  Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape)
The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury)

The Booker Prize is an annual prize given to the best contemporary fiction. 2014 marks the first year that the contest is open to authors from outside the UK and former British colonies. At BHS, we feature a number of books that have been selected as Booker Prize candidates, including:

Life of Pi (2002 Booker Prize winner – Sophomore option)
The Sense of an Ending (2011 Booker Prize winner – Contemporary Literature)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Shortlist – 2007 – AP Literature)
Never Let Me Go (Shortlist – 2005 – Contemporary Literature)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Longlist – 2003 – Sophomore summer reading)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Shortlist – 1986 – British Literature summer reading)

Other Booker-nominated authors whom we teach at BHS include:
William Golding (Lord of the Flies – freshmen)
Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies – sophomores)
Salman Rushdie (The Prophet’s Hair – short story – Contemporary Literature)
Graham Swift (Seraglio – short story – Contemporary Literature)

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