Man Booker Prize announced six books for their 2012 shortlist. The books were chosen by a panel of judges chaired by Sir Peter Stothard, Editor of the Times Literary Supplement.
The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced at a dinner at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 16 October, in a ceremony covered 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.
*Drum roll* Here are the shortlisted books:
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)
2012 marks the 44th year of the prize, which began in 1969. A full history of the prize, including an interactive timeline, can be found on the Man Booker Prize website – www.themanbookerprize.com– which has just been re-launched, allowing visitors to experience the prize across a variety of new platforms and formats.
News about the prize can also be found on Twitter @ManBookerPrize, which now boasts over 17,000 followers.
For further information about the prize please visit www.themanbookerprize.com