The Man Booker Prize longlist for 2015 has been revealed. This is only the second year in which authors from all countries around the world could be eligible for the prestigious £50,000 prize (so long as the works are English-language). Of the thirteen longlisted authors, five are American, three are British, and the remaining five are Irish (Annie Enright), Jamaican (Marlon James), Nigerian (Chigozie Obioma), New Zealander (Anna Smaill) and Indian (Anuradha Roy). The longlist can be viewed here. As an alternative prize for the best fiction of the year, The Guardian revealed their Not the Booker list. The 70 books (the range is vast and the prize itself very rewarding: a Guardian mug!) selected for this award can be seen here.
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In other book news:
There’s been a bit of controversy in adaptation land, as the beloved American classic Little Women has been eyed up for a ‘gritty’ transformation…quite what this means is anyone’s guess. And not simply ‘gritty’, but ‘hyper-stylized’ as well. This television version of Louisa May Alcott’s novel will be brought to life by the CW, home of Supernatural, The 100, The Vampire Diaries and Arrow to name a few (but more than enough to get the picture). According to early reveals of the premise, it seems like the Little Women – sisters Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg – will be struggling to survive in a dystopian future Philadelphia. Do we think Meg will still be searching for Mr Right, and Jo striving to become a well-established writer?
The Killing Joke, the famous Batman graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland, which has arguably (or rather obviously) become the basis of all recent Batman/Joker storyline adaptations, will now be adapted into an animated feature for 2016 (although as direct-to-video). The Joker will be voiced by Mark Hamill, who has consistently voiced this character for its animated versions over the past eighteen years.
The British Library building, which can be found on Euston Road in London, has recently been awarded Grade I-listed status. A modern building that has inspired derision and adoration in equal measure, the library has nevertheless been awarded this heritage grading for its landmark design and iconic inclusion in British culture.