Anna Burns, Sally Rooney contenders once again
Twenty titles are on the longlist for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize. They include, alongside some lesser-known names, Man Booker winner Anna Burns as well as Sally Rooney, a contender it seems at every significant prize announcement. The judges - Chloe Aridjis, Kate Clanchy (chair) and Owen Sheers - will announce their shortlist on 4 April, and the winner of the £30,000 prize at a ceremony at the British Library on 20 May.
Can You Tolerate This?, Ashleigh Young (Bloomsbury; non-fiction)
Francis: A Life In Songs, Ann Wroe (Chatto; poetry)
Ghost Trees, Bob Gilbert (Saraband; non-fiction)
House of Stone, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (Atlantic; novel)
I Am Dynamite! Friedrich Nietzsche, Sue Prideaux (Faber; non-fiction)
Land of the Living, Georgina Harding (Bloomsbury; novel)
Little, Edward Carey (Gallic Books; novel)
Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile, Alice Jolly (Unbound; novel)
Milkman, Anna Burns (Faber; novel)
Mothers, Chris Power (Faber; short stories)
Murmur, Will Eaves (CB editions; novel)
Normal People, Sally Rooney (Faber; novel)
Ordinary People, Diana Evans (Chatto; novel)
Red Birds, Mohammed Hanif (Bloomsbury; novel)
The Crossway, Guy Stagg (Picador; non-fiction)
The Library of Ice, Nancy Campbell (Simon & Schuster; non-fiction)
The Perseverance, Raymond Antrobus (Penned in the Margins; poetry)
There There, Tommy Orange (Harvill; novel)
Us, Zaffar Kunial (Faber; poetry)
West, Carys Davies (Granta; novella)
The judges have considered 80 titles - 60 recommended by the prize academy of more than 260 writers, and 20 from a selection called in from publishers.
Andrew Kidd, co-founder of the prize, said: "Arriving at a longlist from the 80 outstanding books nominated by the Folio Academy was never going to be easy. But Kate, Chloe and Owen have applied themselves with a mixture of serious intent and good humour to give us a selection of titles that is thrilling in its richness, diversity and range. There is, truly, something here for everyone."