Hilary Mantel and Anne Tyler in Running for Booker Prize


LONDON — Hilary Mantel’s “The Mirror and the Light” — the conclusion to her Thomas Cromwell trilogy — was announced here on Tuesday as one of 13 novels competing for this year’s Booker Prize, the British literary award.

Anne Tyler’s “Redhead by the Side of the Road” is also on the list. But most of the other nominated books are less high-profile, with eight by debut novelists, including C Pam Zhang’s “How Much of These Hills Is Gold,” about a Chinese-American family during the Gold Rush.

Nine of the longlisted authors are women.

“The Mirror and the Light” is focused on the final years of Thomas Cromwell’s life, as the chief adviser to King Henry VIII. The book was a sensation in Britain when it was published in March, despite its length: It is 875 pages long.

“Like Henry VIII, bloat has set in,” wrote Robbie Millen, in a review for the Times of London. “It’s true that passages of noun-bloat swell the volume to gargantuan heft,” wrote Simon Schama in a review for The Financial Times, “but this reader wouldn’t want a word less.”



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