Richard House and Tash Aw longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Two UEA alumni have been included on the longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize. Richard House is nominated for ‘The Kills’, which was published a ‘digital-first’ sequence of four novels by Panmacmillan in March, while Tash Aw is nominated for his third novel ‘Five Star Billionaire’, which was published by Fourth Estate in February. Richard (pictured) graduated with a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2008 and now teaches at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of two previous novels, ‘Bruiser’ (1997) and ‘Uninvited’ (1998), and is a member of the Chicago-based art collaborative, ‘Haha’, and editor of the digital magazine ‘Fatboy Review’. The website for ‘The Kills’ can be found at www.panmacmillan.com/thekills. Tash was born in Taipei to Malaysian parents and grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2003. His first novel ‘The Harmony Silk Factory’ was published in 2005 and won the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His second novel ‘Map of the Invisible World’ was published in 2009. His fiction has been translated into 23 languages. Also included on the longlist are two recent participants at the annual Worlds festival, organized by Writers’ Centre Norwich in association with UEA. Eleanor Catton is nominated for ‘The Luminaries’, published by Granta, and Ruth Ozeki for a ‘A Tale for the Time Being’, published by Canongate. A shortlist of six will be announced on 10th September, before the final winner is announced on 15th October.

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