Trade figures weigh in on Booker Prize longlist as big names dominate

Trade figures weigh in on Booker Prize longlist as big names dominate

The Booker Prize longlist has been declared “an absolute gift for bookselling” by Waterstones as retailers acknowledged the lack of surprise entries in a year that features literary heavyweights and former winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie.

Atwood and Rushdie face competiton Goldsmiths Prize-winning author Kevin Barry, Max Porter and Elif Shafak. Debut author Oyinkan Braithwaite is also in the mix and Jeanette Winterson is longlisted for the first time with Lucy Ellman, Bernardine Evaristo, John Lanchester, Deborah Levy, Valeria Luiselli and Chigozie Obioma all vying for the £50,0...

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