Perkins misses out on Booker list

Last updated 12:30 26/07/2012
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EMILY PERKINS: Tipped to win with her book The Forrests.

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The cover of The Forrests.

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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.

Nicola Barker
The Yips (Fourth Estate)
Ned Beauman
The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre)
André Brink Philida (Harvill Secker)
Tan Twan Eng The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
Michael Frayn
Skios (Faber & Faber)
Rachel Joyce The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Doubleday)
Deborah Levy Swimming Home (And Other Stories)
Hilary Mantel
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)

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