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Man Booker 2010 Shortlist Announced

Man Booker Judges 2010

Man Booker Judges 2010

Like many, I’ve been impatiently awaiting the announcement of this year’s Man Booker 2010 shortlist, and as promised, this morning 7th September, the judges have announced the worthy nominees.

The initial longlist of thirteen has now been whittled down to the following six authors and titles:

Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue Room (Pan MacMillan – Picador)

Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Grove Atlantic – Atlantic Books)

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy The Long Song
(Headline Publishing Group – Headline Review)

Tom McCarthy C (Random House – Jonathan Cape)

The final winner will receive a prize of £50,000 and worldwide recognition. The 2009 winner, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, has now sold over half a million copies in the UK alone. The six shortlisted authors, including the winner, each receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.

From a purely selfish perspective, it’s great to see one of my favourite authors Peter Carey in the mix again. I’m looking forward to reading Parrot and Olivier, but will probably await the paperback’s release.

What do you think of the selections? Have any titles been axed that you would have liked to see in the shortlist?

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