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Man Booker Prize 2010 shortlist

Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson, Andrea Levy and Tom McCarthy are today, Tuesday 7 September, announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. For over four decades the prize – the leading literary award in the English speaking world – has brought recognition, reward and readership to the outstanding new novels of the year. The shortlist was announced by Chair of judges, Sir Andrew Motion, at a press conference held at Man’s London headquarters.

The six books, selected from the Man Booker Prize longlist of 13, are:

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

Emma Donoghue Room (Picador – Pan Macmillan)

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

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

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

Tom McCarthy C (Jonathan Cape – Random House)

Chair of judges Andrew Motion, comments:

"It’s been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of thirteen to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we’ve chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes – while in every case providing deep individual pleasures."

Australian author Peter Carey is one of only two authors to have won the prize twice, in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. Should he win this year, he would become the only author to have won three times. He was also shortlisted in 1985 for Illywhacker. South African author Damon Galgut has previously been shortlisted for his book The Good Doctor in 2003 and Howard Jacobson has been longlisted twice before for his novels Kalooki Nights in 2006 and Who’s Sorry Now? in 2002. Irish author Emma Donoghue is, at 40, the youngest author on the shortlist.

The winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 12 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall. The announcement will be broadcast on BBC News across television, radio and online.

The winner will receive a cheque for £50,000 and worldwide recognition. Last year’s winning novel, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, has now sold over half a million copies in the UK alone. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.

Chaired by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, the 2010 judges are Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, formerly a dancer, now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster; Tom Sutcliffe, journalist, broadcaster and author and Frances Wilson, biographer and critic.

On Sunday 10 October, two days before the winner is announced, the shortlisted authors will appear at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. It is the only public opportunity to join the 2010 shortlisted authors for readings from their books, discussion and an audience Q&A.

In addition, the Man Booker Prize has teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the London based private members’ club The Groucho Club, who will both host events with some of the shortlisted authors for their members.

Last month the prize announced exciting new digital plans for 2010. The Man Booker Prize App is now free to download from the App Store to an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch and is the UK’s first app for a literary prize. The prize has also partnered with T-Mobile via the digital book retailer GoSpoken. T-Mobile users can access content on their mobile phones and GoSpoken has provided free audio extracts from all the 13 longlisted titles which can be downloaded to subscribers’ mobiles.


Peter Carey

Parrot and Olivier in America, 2010, Shortlisted

Man Booker International Prize 2009, Contender

Man Booker International Prize 2007, Contender

Theft: A Love Story, 2006, Longlisted

True History of the Kelly Gang, 2001, Winner

Oscar and Lucinda, 1988, Winner

Illywhacker, 1985, Shortlisted

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Peter Carey was born in Australia in May 1943 and is the author of six novels. He won the Booker Prize in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda (which has since been made into a film starring Ralph Fiennes) and was shortlisted in 1985 with Illywhacker. His other novels include The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith and Jack Maggs (winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize). He has also written a collection of short stories, The Fat Man in History, and a book for children, The Big Bazoohley. Peter Carey won The Man Booker Prize for the second time in 2001 with True History of the Kelly Gang and was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007 and 2009.

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Emma Donoghue

Room, 2010, Shortlisted

Born in 1969, Emma Donoghue is an Irish writer who lives in Canada. Her fiction includes the bestselling Slammerkin.


Damon Galgut

In a Strange Room, 2010, Shortlisted

The Good Doctor, 2003, Shortlisted

Damon Galgut was born in Pretoria in 1963. He wrote his first novel, A Sinless Season, when he was seventeen. His other books include Small Circle of Beings, The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs, The Quarry, The Good Doctor and The Impostor. The Good Doctor, published in 2003, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Dublin/IMPAC Award and was published in eighteen countries. Damon Galgut lives in Cape Town.


Howard Jacobson

The Finkler Question, 2010, Shortlisted

Kalooki Nights, 2006, Longlisted

Who’s Sorry Now?, 2002, Longlisted

An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Howard Jacobson was born in Manchester, brought up in Prestwich and was educated at Stand Grammar School in Whitefield, and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied under F. R. Leavis. He lectured for three years at the University of Sydney before returning to teach at Selwyn College, Cambridge. His novels include The Mighty Walzer (winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize), Kalooki Nights (longlisted for the Man Booker Prize) and, most recently, the highly acclaimed The Act of Love. Howard Jacobson lives in London.


Andrea Levy

The Long Song, 2010, Shortlisted

Andrea Levy is a child of the Windrush. She is the daughter of one of the pioneers who sailed from Jamaica to England on the Empire Windrush ship. Her father and later her mother came to Britain in 1948 in search of a better life. For the British born Levy this meant that she grew up black in a very white England. This experience has given her an unusual perspective on the country of her birth – neither feeling totally part of the society nor a total outsider.

Her novels include the semi-autobiographical Every Light in the House Burnin’ (1994), Never Far From Nowhere (1996), Fruit of the Lemon (1999) and Small Island (2004).

Small Island is the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Orange Prize for Fiction Best of the Best, the Whitbread Novel Award and Best Book Award, and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize.

Andrea Levy lives in London


Tom McCarthy

C, 2010, Shortlisted

Tom McCarthy was born in 1969 and grew up in London. His creation, in 1999, of the International Necronautical Society (INS), a ‘semi-fictitious organisation’ that combines literature, art and philosophy, has led to publications, installations and exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, from Tate Britain and the ICA in London to Moderna Museet in Stockholm and The Drawing Center in New York. Tom regularly writes on literature and art for publications including The New York Times, The London Review of Books and Artforum.



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Alice Munro wins 2009 Man Booker International Prize

Canadian short story writer is third writer to win prize


Alice Munro  is the winner of the third Man Booker International Prize.

The Man Booker International Prize, worth £60,000 to the winner, is awarded once every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage. It was first awarded to Ismail Kadaré in 2005 and then to Chinua Achebe in 2007.

Best known for her short stories, Munro is one of Canada’s most celebrated writers. On receiving the news of her win, she said, ‘I am totally amazed and delighted.’

The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2009 is: Jane Smiley, writer; Amit Chaudhuri, writer, academic and musician; and writer, film script writer and essayist, Andrey Kurkov. The panel made the following comment on the winner:

‘Alice Munro is mostly known as a short story writer and yet she brings as much depth, wisdom and precision to every story as most novelists bring to a lifetime of novels.  To read Alice Munro is to learn something every time that you never thought of before.’

Her latest collection of short stories, Too Much Happiness, will be published in October 2009. Alice Munro will receive the prize of £60,000 and a trophy at the Award Ceremony on Thursday 25 June at Trinity College, Dublin.

Read more about the judging process of the Man Booker Internatonal Prize in an exclusive piece by Fiammetta Rocco, administrator of the prize, in our Perspective section.

For more information on the 2009 Man Booker International Prize winner please see the press release.




Alice Ann Munro

(née Laidlaw; born 10 July 1931) is a Canadian short-story writer, winner of the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, and three-time winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award for fiction. Generally regarded to be one of the world’s foremost writers of fiction,[citation needed] her stories focus on the human condition and relationships through the lens of daily life. While most of Munro’s fiction is set in Southwestern Ontario and the Canadian Pacific Northwest, her reputation as a short-story writer is international. Her "accessible, moving stories" explore human complexities in a seemingly effortless style.[1] Munro’s writing has established her as "one of our greatest contemporary writers of fiction," or, as Cynthia Ozick put it, "our Chekhov."[2]



Alice Munro was born in the town of Wingham, Ontario into a family of fox and poultry farmers. Her father was Robert Eric Laidlaw and her mother, a school teacher, was Anne Clarke Laidlaw (née Chamney). She began writing as a teenager and published her first story, "The Dimensions of a Shadow," while a student at the University of Western Ontario in 1950. During this period she worked as a waitress, tobacco picker and library clerk. In 1951, she left the university, in which she had been majoring in English since 1949, to marry James Munro and move to Vancouver, British Columbia. Her daughters Sheila, Catherine, and Jenny were born in 1953, 1955, and 1957 respectively; Catherine died 15 hours after birth. In 1963, the Munros moved to Victoria where they opened Munro’s Books. In 1966, their daughter Andrea was born.

Alice Munro’s first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), was highly acclaimed and won that year’s Governor General’s Award, Canada’s highest literary prize. This success was followed by Lives of Girls and Women (1971), a collection of interlinked stories that was published as a novel.

Alice and James Munro were divorced in 1972. She returned to Ontario to become Writer-in-Residence at the University of Western Ontario. In 1976 she married Gerald Fremlin, a geographer. The couple moved to a farm outside Clinton, Ontario. They have since moved from the farm to a house in the town of Clinton.

In 1978, Munro’s collection of interlinked stories, Who Do You Think You Are?, was published (titled The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose in the United States). This book earned Munro the Governor General’s Literary Award for a second time. From 1979 to 1982, she toured Australia, China and Scandinavia. In 1980 Munro held the position of Writer-in-Residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland. Through the 1980s and 1990s, Munro published a short-story collection about once every four years to increasing acclaim, winning both national and international awards.

In 2002, her daughter Sheila Munro published a childhood memoir, Lives of Mothers and Daughters: Growing Up With Alice Munro.

Alice Munro’s stories frequently appear in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Grand Street, Mademoiselle, and The Paris Review. In interviews to promote her 2006 collection The View from Castle Rock, Munro suggested that she would, perhaps, not publish any further collections. She has since recanted and published further work, and her newest collection, tentatively titled Too Much Happiness, is scheduled for publication in 2009.[3]

Her story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" has been adapted for the screen and directed by Sarah Polley as the film Away from Her, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent. It successfully debuted at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Polley’s adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, but lost to No Country for Old Men.


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More about Alice Munro

Read an interesting article by  DAVID LASKIN

Alice Munro’s Vancouver

Photo: Dan Lamont for The New York Times

Kitsilano Beach, in the Vancouver neighborhood where Alice Munro lived in the early 1950’s, provided the setting for some of her fiction, including "Cortes Island."


Published: June 11, 2006

IN Alice Munro’s Vancouver nobody eats sushi. Nobody jogs along the seawall or browses Granville Street galleries or shops for organic herbs at the Granville Island market. Ms. Munro, the 74-year-old Canadian whom the novelist Jonathan Franzen dubbed "the best fiction writer now working in North America," set a handful of her marvelous short stories in the damp British Columbian metropolis, and the urban geography is so exact you can practically map the city off her fictions. But though the addresses match, the vibe is unrecognizable. Young but hopelessly uncool, lustful without being sexy, dowdy, white, blind to its own staggering beauty, Ms. Munro’s Vancouver is an outpost where new wives blink through the rain and wonder when their real lives are going to begin.

Read the full article…/travel/11footsteps.html

More…  (Interview with Radio National 25/12/2005)

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Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga

Winner- Man Booker prize 2008 for his debut novel “The White Tiger”

Vist the Library to read  “The White Tiger”


Early life and education

Aravind Adiga was born in Chennai in 1974 to Kannadiga parents hailing from Mangalore, Karnataka[3]. He grew up in Mangalore and studied atCanara High School, then at St. Aloysius’ College, where he completed his SSLC in 1990. He secured first rank in the state in SSLC[4][5]. After emigrating to Sydney, Australia, with his family, he studied at James Ruse Agricultural High School. He studied English literature at Columbia University, New York, where he graduated as salutatorian in 1997, and at Magdalen College, Oxford.


Adiga began his journalistic career as a financial journalist, with pieces published in Financial Times, Money and the Wall Street Journal. His review of previous Booker Winner Peter Carey’s book, Oscar and Lucinda, appeared in The Second Circle, an online literary review.[6] He was subsequently hired by TIME, where he remained a correspondent for three years before going freelance. During his freelance period, he wroteThe White Tiger.

Booker Prize

Aravind Adiga’s debut novel, The White Tiger won the 2008 Booker Prize after competing with five other novels including Sea of Poppies byAmitav Ghosh. He is the fourth Indian-born author to win the prize, after Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai (V. S. Naipaul is of Indian ancestry, but not India-born).

Booker Prize winning speech


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“Midnight’s Children” wins Best of the Booker

Almost 30 years ago, his novel Midnight’s Children saw off the competition to win the Booker Prize. Today, Sir Salman Rushdie did it again, beating all previous Booker winners including the Nobel laureates Doris Lessing, J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer to carry away a one-off literary award celebrating the Booker’s 40th anniversary.

Midnight’s Children, considered one of the most important works of the modern age, has been voted the greatest Booker Prizewinner in the history of the award.

While his epic story set against the Partition of India was chosen in 1981 by a select panel of literary figures, it has this time received the ultimate accolade — the public’s vote.

The Best of the Booker was picked by ordinary readers, many of whom were not even born when Rushdie was writing it. At least half of the voters are under the age of 35.

Yesterday, the 61-year-old Bombay-born author was in America, promoting his latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence, a story set in the 16th century.

Hearing the news, he said: “I’m absolutely delighted and would like to thank all those readers around the world who voted.

“It’s very exciting and gratifying, the more so because so many of the voters were so young. I’m very happy to think that Midnight’s Children continues to be relevant.”

Since the Booker Prize’s inception in 1968, it has become one of literature’s most illustrious awards. It has helped to make the international names of novelists such as Arundhati Roy and Yann Martel and confirmed the reputations of writers such as Iris Murdoch, who won in 1978 for The Sea, The Sea, and Kazuo Ishiguro, with The Remains of the Day in 1989.

Forty-one authors have won the prize since it launched in 1969 because, in 1974 and 1992, it was shared between two winners.

This time, a panel of judges whittled down the past winners to a shortlist of six. Sir Salman faced competition from Pat Barker’s The Ghost Road (1995), a First World War story; Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda (1988), set in 19th-century Australia; Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999), about a professor who seduces a student; Gordimer’s The Conservationist (1974), which describes a white man’s exploitation of his black employees; and J.G Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur (1973), a story set in 1850s India.

Midnight’s Children, a novel that challenges our understanding of history and nationhood, is believed to have been way ahead of its main contender, Coetzee’s novel.

When it won in 1981, critics hailed it as one of the most important books to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation. When the prize celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1993 with a “Booker of Bookers”, it won then as well.

Although only his second novel, it remains his most highly regarded work of fiction. The author is best-known worldwide, however, for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. Perceived as blasphemous by much of the Muslim community, it brought about a death-sentence fatwa by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, forcing Rushdie to live most of the 1990s in hiding.

The bookies had little doubt that Midnight’s Children would win again yesterday after seeing the initial shortlist drawn up by a panel of judges that included John Mullan, Professor of English at University College, London, and the biographer Victoria Glendinning as chairman.

Ladbrokes closed its Best of the Booker market with Sir Salman as its “red-hot favourite”. Nick Weinberg, its spokesman, said: “Midnight’s Children dominated the betting throughout … It’s rare that one selection, in a literary market, is backed almost to the exclusion of the rest. But that’s exactly what’s happened here.”

Applauding the “enormous vitality of the writing”, Ms Glendinning, a biographer of Anthony Trollope, said: “The readers have spoken — in their thousands. And we do believe that they have made the right choice.”

Through libraries, reading groups, retailers and the internet, some 7,800 people registered their votes.

Ion Trewin, the prize administrator, said: “This is a literary book that each generation takes to its heart … It demonstrates that it is one of the few books you can call a modern classic. It appeals to people across all shades of taste and political opinion.”

The value of the Booker goes well beyond the £50,000 cash prize. Sales increase dramatically.

Last year’s winner, Anne Enright’s The Gathering went on to sell more than 500,000 copies in the UK, US and Ireland. Until then, Mr Trewin said, “she’d never sold more than 10,000 in her life”.

Jonathan Ruppin, Promotions Manager at Foyles bookshop, said of the winner: “He’s not to everyone’s taste, but from a bookseller’s point of view, authors who get books into the news are always welcome.”

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