Man Booker 2009 Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize has just been announced with the betting favourite Hilary Mantel included in the six selected books. Never without its surprises, Colm Toibin and William Trevor have not made it into the final selection.

Chairman of the Man Booker Prize commented:

“We’re thrilled to be able to announce such a strong shortlist, so enticing that it will certainly give us a headache when we come to select the winner. The choice will be a difficult one. There is thundering narrative, great inventiveness, poetry and sharp human insight in abundance. These are six writers on the top of their form. They’ve given us great enjoyment already, and it’s a measure of our confidence in their books that all of us are looking forward to reading them yet again before we decide on the prize winner. What more could we ask?”

J M Coetzee is in line to win a remarkable third award should he prove successful when the winner is announced on Tuesday 6th, October at London’s Guildhall. The winning author will receive £50,000 and can look forward to greatly increased sales and worldwide recognition. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their own book.

The six shortlisted books are:

A S Byatt, The Children’s Book, Random House, Chatto and Windus
J M Coetzee, Summertime, Random House, Harvill Secker
Adam Foulds, The Quickening Maze, Random House, Jonathan Cape
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, HarperCollins, Fourth Estate
Simon Mawer, The Glass Room, Little, Brown
Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger, Little-Brown, Virago

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