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23 July 2018

His Bloody Project longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016

27 July 2016

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet is one of thirteen books longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. It's published by Contraband, an imprint of member Saraband. A crime thriller, it is singled out in The Guardian's article of 27 July as the most eye-catching book on the list. Mark Brown (the Guardian's Arts correspondent) asks 'Could a crime thriller win the Man Booker prize?' - well we certainly hope so! There's also an interview with Saraband publisher Sara Hunt in The Guardian of 29 July 2016: 'Crazy but fantastic': Man Booker prize pitches tiny publishers into big league.

Serious Sweet by Scottish writer AL Kennedy (Jonathan Cape) is also on the longlist.

The longlist was chosen from 155 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016. The judges noted that publishers large and small are represented with six titles from Penguin Random House imprints (Harvill Secker, Jonathan Cape, Hamish Hamilton, Viking); two from Simon & Schuster's Scribner UK imprint; and five from independent publishers, including Saraband, Faber & Faber, Salt, Granta and Oneworld. 

The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 13 September at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize's sponsor. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.

The 2016 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 25 October in London's Guildhall at a black-tie dinner, one of the highlights of the publishing year. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.

The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition.

For the full longlist, see the Man Booker Prize website.