A graphic novel has been longlisted on the Man Booker Prize 2018, the first time a comic publication has been considered for the literary award. Sabrina, by writer and illustrator Nick Drnaso has been feted by contest judges.

The judges praised Drnaso’s work as “oblique, subtle, minimal, unmanipulative” and said: “Given the changing shape of fiction it was only a matter of time before a graphic novel was included on the Man Booker longlist. Sabrina makes demands on the reader in precisely the way all good fiction does.”