South African-Australian author J.M. Coetzee is vying for his third Man Booker Prize for Fiction with his latest novel The Schooldays of Jesus, a sequel to 2013’s The Childhood of Jesus.
Coetzee leads the 13 longlisted nominees for this year’s £50,000 literature prize, which is awarded to the finest new fiction published in English between October 1 and September 30 each year. He previously won the prize in 1983 for the Life & Times of Michael K and again in 1999 for Disgrace, and was the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Schooldays of Jesus, which is published in the U.K. on September 29 and in the U.S. in February 2017, continues the story of the gifted child David and his adoptive parents Simon and Inés. David, now seven, enrolls at a dance school where he makes “troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of,” reads the novel’s short description.