Julian Barnes’ “The Sense of an Ending” and Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Stranger’s Child” top the 13 books on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, probably the most discussed prize given annually for fiction written in English.
Hollinghurst won the prize in 2004 for “The Line of Beauty.” Barnes was shortlisted for the prize three previous times, most recently for “Arthur and George” (2005).
The titles were chosen from an initial list of 138 books by a panel of five judges chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.
A shortlist of six authors will be announced Sept. 6. The winner will be announced Oct. 18.
The prize is designed to honor the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. It is sponsored by Man Group, an investment management business.
Previous winners include Howard Jacobson’s “The Finkler Question,” Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall,” Kiran Desai’s “The Inheritance of Loss” and Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi.”
Four first-time novelists on the list include Stephen Kelman for “Pigeon English,” a story told by an 11-year-old Ghana boy in England.