The prestigious Man Booker prize has now announced its thirteen authors who will be vying for the award: impressive bragging rights and £50,000. For the first time, writers of all nationalities can now be entered to the longlist, making things even more competitive this year. Out of the thirteen, six are British, four are from the United States, and the remaining three are Australian, Irish-American and Irish.
The British authors are Howard Jacobson (J; upcoming), David Nicholls (Us; upcoming), David Mitchell (The Bone Clocks; upcoming), Neel Mukherjee (The Lives of Others), Paul Kingsnorth (The Wake) and Ali Smith (How to be Both; upcoming). The Americans are Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), Joshua Ferris (To Rise Again at a Decent Hour), Siri Hustvedt (The Blazing World) and Richard Powers (Orfeo). Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), Joseph O’Neill (The Dog; upcoming) and Niall Williams (History of the Rain) round out the longlist.
The adaptation rights for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series have been acquired by Working Title productions. The popular series of books, featuring the friends Julian, Anne, Dick and George, has spanned more than twenty titles since its debut on children’s bookshelves over 70 years ago.
Actor David Duchovny (The X Files) will be publishing a novel at the beginning of 2015. The fiction book will be titled Holy Cow: A Modern Day Dairy Tale. Regardless of the ridiculous name, the story sounds particularly dark, as it follows a cow called Elsie who watches a TV show about a meat farm and finds her whole world turned upside down.
Chuck Palahniuk will be returning to his cult novel Fight Club with a new graphic novel sequel. If you thought Tyler Durden was gone, think again. This graphic novel will have the narrator’s alter ego Tyler as the narrator this time around, speaking out against the banality of Jack and Marla’s deteriorating marriage and suburban boredom. When Tyler takes control and kidnaps the couple’s young son, Jack must face the Mayhem he started all those years ago.