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Graphic novel Sabrina makes Man Booker Prize 2018 longlist

6:19 pm, 24th July 2018

Sabrina, by American writer and illustrator Nick Drnaso, tells the story of a missing girl and the hunt to find clues to her disappearance.

Drnaso, 29, uses deliberately simplistic drawings in his work – reminiscent of plane safety instructions – to bring to life his story of violence and fake news.

In the novel, which British author Zadie Smith described as “a masterpiece”, a hidden videotape holds an all-important clue.

This is the first time the illustrated genre has been recognised by the prestigious award, which was established in 1969.

Drnaso’s debut graphic novel, Beverly, received the LA Times Book prize for Best Graphic Novel.

Another author to appear on the 13-strong list is Canadian Michael Ondaatje, whose novel The English Patient was recently named the best Man Booker Prize winner ever.

There are also four debut novels on the list, and four authors under the age of 30, including Daisy Johnson and Sally Rooney who are joint youngest at 27.

This year’s list contains six UK writers, three from the US and two each from Canada and Ireland.

Appearing on the longlist is a boost for any author, with the “Man Booker effect” drastically boosting sales.

And of course the eventual winner will enjoy a further rise in sales as well as the £50,000 ($65,000) in prize money.

The last two winners of the award have been American, with a 2014 rule change opening up the field to all English-language writers.

The list will be whittled down to six finalists in September and the winner will be announced in October.

The Man Booker Prize 2018 longlist

Snap by Belinda Bauer (UK)

Milkman by Anna Burns (UK)

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso (US)

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)

In Our Mad And Furious City by Guy Gunaratne (UK)

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (UK)

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (US)

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (UK)

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje (Canada)

The Overstory by Richard Powers (US)

The Long Take by Robin Robertson (UK)

Normal People by Sally Rooney (Ireland)

From A Low And Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan (Ireland)