Jonathan Cape is to bring forward the release date of Bill Clegg’s Man Booker-longlisted Did You Ever Have a Family.
The book was originally due to be released on 17th September, but it was this week included on the Man Booker Prize longlist for 2015, prompting Jonathan Cape to move bring the release forward to 25th August.
There are two other books on the longlist that have not yet been released. A Little Life (Picador) by Hanya Yanagihara will be released on 13th August, although a spokeswoman told The Bookseller “we’ll be releasing books a little earlier to bookshops”.
Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account (Periscope) is released on 27th August.
The other books on the longlist are Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island (Jonathan Cape), Andrew O’Hagan’s The Illuminations (Faber & Faber), Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways (Picador), Marilynne Robinson’s Lila (Virago), Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus), Anne Enright’s The Green Road (Jonathan Cape), Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications), Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen (One, Pushkin Press), Anuradha Roy’s Sleeping on Jupiter (MacLehose Press, Quercus), and Anna Smaill’s The Chimes (Sceptre).
Retailers have praised the longlist, telling The Bookseller it is a “fantastic selection” of books.