Perkins misses out on Booker list
New Zealand author Emily Perkins has missed out on the Man Booker Prize longlist despite being tipped to win.
The Man Booker is considered to be one of the world's most prestigious literary awards.
The Welsh-based Hay Festival tipped Perkins' book The Forrests to win in April and New Zealand Book Council chief executive Noel Murphy agreed at the time that the book had a good chance of winning.
But the twelve books which are in contention for the coveted prize were announced this morning and Perkins' book was not on the list.
The Forrests was published in May and is the story of Dorothy Forrest from the age of 7 when her family moves from New York to Auckland.
Perkins grew up in Auckland and Wellington and studied creative writing at Victoria University.
The longlisted books were selected from a total of 145 titles.
||The Yips (Fourth Estate)|
||The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre)|
|André Brink||Philida (Harvill Secker)|
|Tan Twan Eng||The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)|
||Skios (Faber & Faber)|
|Rachel Joyce||The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Doubleday)|
|Deborah Levy||Swimming Home (And Other Stories)|
||Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)|
|Alison Moore||The Lighthouse (Salt)|
|Will Self||Umbrella (Bloomsbury)|
|Jeet Thayil||Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)|
|Sam Thompson||Communion Town (Fourth Estate)|
The Dominion Post