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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 August 2005, 22:03 GMT 23:03 UK
McEwan fights Barnes for Booker
Ian McEwan, photographed by Eamonn McCabe
Ian McEwan won the Booker Prize in 1998 with Amsterdam
Established authors Ian McEwan and Julian Barnes have been made favourites to win this year's Man Booker Prize.

Four previous winners - McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie and JM Coetzee - have made the 2005 longlist.

They are up against debut author Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, winner of two comic fiction prizes.

White Teeth author Zadie Smith has also made the list with an as yet unpublished third novel, On Beauty.

The longlist features 17 books chosen from 109 entries. Besides Lewycka, two other first-time authors - Tash Aw and Harry Thompson - are included.

Salman Rushdie 1981 Midnight's Children
JM Coetzee 1983 Life and Times of Michael K, 1999 Disgrace
Ian McEwan 1998 Amsterdam
Kazuo Ishiguro 1989 The Remains of the Day

Thompson, the TV producer behind such shows as Have I Got News For You and Da Ali G Show, was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer shortly before his book was published.

A shortlist of six books will be announced on 8 September, before the overall winner is revealed on 10 October.


John Sutherland, chair of the judging panel, said it had been an "exceptional year".

"It is also a nicely balanced longlist with four previous Booker winners, three first novels and a satisfying range of styles."

Julian Barnes

The winner will receive 50,000, while the five other shortlisted writers will receive 2,500 each.

Last year's Man Booker was won by The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst.

Ladbrokes make Julian Barnes 4/1 favourite, with Ian McEwan at 5/1, Salman Rushdie at 7/1 and Dan Jacobson 8/1.

William Hill have made Ian McEwan favourite at 3/1, with JM Coetzee at 5/1, Kazuo Ishiguro at 6/1 and Julian Barnes 7/1.

The full longlist is as follows:

  • Tash Aw - The Harmony Silk Factory
  • John Banville - The Sea
  • Julian Barnes - Arthur & George
  • Sebastian Barry - A Long Long Way
  • JM Coetzee - Slow Man
  • Rachel Cusk - In the Fold
  • Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go
  • Dan Jacobson - All For Love
  • Marina Lewycka - A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
  • Hilary Mantel - Beyond Black
  • Ian McEwan - Saturday
  • James Meek - The People's Act of Love
  • Salman Rushdie - Shalimar the Clown
  • Ali Smith - The Accidental
  • Zadie Smith - On Beauty
  • Harry Thompson - This Thing of Darkness
  • William Wall - This Is The Country



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