Lucky for some as 13 chosen for Booker

The judges have spoken, and 13 books have been picked for this year's Man Booker longlist.

WLTB interviewee Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child, On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry and Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending are three of the big names in the running for the £50,000 prize pot.

Four first-time writers have also made the longlist: Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English, A.D. Miller’s Snowdrops, Yvette Edwards’ A Cupboard Full of Coats and Patrick McGuinness’ The Last Hundred Days.

The list also includes D.J. Taylor's Derby Day, Alison Pick's Far to Go, Carol Birch's Jamrach's Menagerie
, Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers
, Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues and The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers.

The six books which make it through to the shortlist will be revealed on 6th September with the winner announced on 18th October.