The Man Booker prize longlist has been announced and includes – for the first time – a graphic novel.
Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina, which tells the story of a missing girl in the age of 24-hour news, is one of 13 titles competing for the £50,000 (Dh240,800) prize.
“Given the changing shape of fiction, it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker [prize] longlist,” the judges said. “Sabrina makes demands on the reader in precisely the way all good fiction does.”
A number of big-name authors, including Julian Barnes, Peter Carey and Alan Hollinghurst, have been overlooked in favour of stylistically experimental novels such as poet Robin Robertson’s debut The Long Take, which mixes verse and prose, and Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, which the judges described as “extremely imaginative”.