Deborah Levy, Hilary Mantel, Alison Moore, Will Self, Tan Twan Eng and Jeet Thayil are the six shortlisted authors in contention for the Man Booker Prize 2012, it is announced today, Tuesday 11th September 2012.
The judges praised the powerful language and artistry
displayed in the six books, whose common themes include old age, memory
The six books, selected from the longlist of 12, are:
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)
At the time of the longlist announcement, Chair of judges
Sir Peter Stothard commented ‘the new has come powering through’. This
remains true of the shortlist, which includes two first novels, from
Indian author Jeet Thayil and East Midlands-based Alison Moore, and
three small publishers from Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Myrmidon Books), North
Norfolk (Salt Publishing) and High Wycombe (And Other Stories).
In an interesting development, Deborah Levy’s novel,
Swimming Home, is now co-published by And Other Stories and Faber &
Faber, following a collaboration on a mass-market edition after Levy was
Of the six authors, two have previously been linked to the
prize. Hilary Mantel won the prize in 2009 with Wolf Hall, the first of
her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, and was longlisted in 2005 for Beyond
Black. Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng was longlisted for the prize in
2007 with his debut novel, The Gift of Rain. Four novelists, including
Will Self, a radical of contemporary literature, appear on the list for
the first time.
The shortlist was announced by Sir Peter Stothard, Chair of
judges and Editor of the Times Literary Supplement, at a press
conference held at the Man Group’s London headquarters.
Peter comments: ‘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
Stothard was joined at the press conference by the four
other members of the 2012 Man Booker Prize judging panel: Dinah Birch,
academic and literary critic; Amanda Foreman, historian, writer and
broadcaster; Dan Stevens, actor; and Bharat Tandon, academic, writer and
This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th October
2012, at a dinner at London’s Guildhall, where the announcement of the
winner will be televised by the BBC. Each shortlisted author will
receive £2,500 and a specially commissioned handbound edition of their
book. The winner will receive a further £50,000. The winner may also
expect a significant increase in sales of their book: Julian Barnes’ The
Sense of An Ending (Jonathan Cape, Random House), which won the 2011
prize, has now sold over 300,000 in the UK in print copies alone.
Ahead of the announcement, there will be a number of public
events with the shortlisted authors including, for the first time this
year, Man Booker Live: a collaboration between the Man Booker Prize and
Picturehouse Entertainment to broadcast ‘Prize Readings’, an evening
with the 2012 shortlisted authors at the Royal Festival Hall at London’s
Southbank Centre on Monday 15th October. Cinemas across the UK will
screen the event, chaired by former judge and BBC Radio 4 presenter
James Naughtie, the night before the winner ceremony. Other events
include a panel discussion at The Times Cheltenham Literary Festival on
Saturday 1th3 October and an audience with the winner at the Apple store,
Covent Garden, on Thursday 18th October.
More details of these events and further information about the prize can be found on the Man Booker Prize website www.themanbookerprize.com.
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Source: Press Release