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Booker Prize 2014 longlist: British authors are still on top

Britain's biggest literary prize has gone global, but domestic talent still dominates with David Mitchell, Ali Smith and Howard Jacobson all in the running

By Prospect Team  

A tower of used books

This is, of course, the first year of the global Booker. Until now, the prize has been limited to writers from all Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries. From now on, any novel written in English within the allotted timeframe will be eligible. When this news was announced last autumn, it was predictably met with alarm and despair by many British writers and publishers, who feared an invasion from across the Atlantic. (Although not everyone was so worried.)

This year’s longlist will soothe some of the…

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