Independent Publishers Abound in Man Booker 2012 Shortlist


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Independent publishers took a real hold of the 2012 Man Booker Prize with this morning’s announcement of the final six shortlisted books. Five of the six books are published by independent publishers, including heavyweights Faber and Bloomsbury. However, much smaller independents like Salt Publishing, Myrmidon Books and not-for-private-profit publisher, And Other Stories, also feature on the shortlist.
 
The announcement was made this morning by the Man Booker judging panel.
 
 
Author, Title (Publisher)
Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (And Other Stories/Faber & Faber)
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (Salt)
Will Self, Umbrella (Bloomsbury)
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)
 
Peter Stothard, Chair of the judges panel commented:
 


“After re-reading an extraordinary longlist of twelve, it was the pure power of prose that settled most debates. We loved the shock of language shown in so many different ways and were exhilarated by the vigour and vividly defined values in the six books that we chose – and in the visible confidence of the novel’s place in forming our words and ideas.”

The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced at a dinner at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 16th October, in a ceremony to be broadcast by the BBC. Each of the six shortlisted writers is awarded £2,500 and a specially commissioned beautifully handbound edition of his/her book. The winner receives a further £50,000.
 
The shortlist was warmly welcomed by independent booksellers throughout the UK with Foyles web editor Jonathan Ruppin telling The Bookseller:
 


“From a Foyles point of view it is a very good shortlist-the big names will sell anyway, but for Foyles, our market is a bit more diverse, and our job as an independent is to introduce readers to authors they might not have read before, and the fact that there are books people haven’t heard of on the list and small independents works well for us. I expect the chains will be a little bit more wary, and perhaps hoping that Hilary Mantel will win.”

 
While Hilary Mantel remains the bookmakers’ favourite, many within the industry believe Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse, from Salt Publishing, could be a real challenger for the overall prize. 
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