The longlist for the 2012 Man Book Prize was announced recently and included Indian writer Jeet Thayil, South African Andre Brink and Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng. The other nine authors are British while a total of seven men and five women make up the list.
Michael Frayn at 78 is the eldest to be included, while British writer Ned Beauman is the youngest at 27.
The shortlist of six authors will be announced on September 11, while the winner will be announced at a dinner at London's Guildhall on October 16, will take home a 50,000 pound ($75,000) prize.
The Booker is awarded each year for the best original full-length novel written in the English language by a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe.
Contenders must have been published in the past year and write in English. This is the 44th year of the prize, which began in 1969.
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (coming soon to the catalogue)
Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (coming soon to the catalogue)
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (coming soon to the catalogue)