One lone African on Booker list
The long-list for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced on Wednesday. It includes 13 titles that are competing to win the coveted £50 000 (R9.9 million) prize money. Most of the people on the list are from the UK or the US, but there is one African on the list – Chigozie Obioma ( pictured) from Nigeria.
Until recently, the prize was open only to authors from the UK, the Commonwealth and Zimbabwe, but it is now also open to authors from the US. Obioma’s The Fishermen is described as a “Cain and Abelesque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria”.