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Man Booker List Announced

The 2011 Man Booker longlist was announced yesterday. This is a prestigious annual prize given to a full-length novel, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth of England or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom for the first time in the year of the prize.

There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that the longlist for the prize gives us a list of some of the best books to have been published in the past year, including in this case the works of four first time novelists. New work, new life—always exciting. The bad news is that many of the works are not yet available in the United States. The Los Angeles Times published the full list including predicted dates of when you might find them on American bookshelves.