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2008 Short-list Announced Mann-Booker Prize

abstract:The Man Booker 2008 Shortlist was announced today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the most important literary prize in the English speaking world. Winners of the prize become household names. This year there are two debut novelists and a broad geographical representation of authors from India, England, Australia and Ireland. The works are being touted as "intensely readable, page turning stories." For the first time extracts are available for download onto mobiles - that's just in time for my new iPhone! LIsten to: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga and five more. Details inside.


September 09, 2008

The Shortlisted Six

The six shortlisted books were chosen from a longlist of 13 and are:

Aravind Adiga The White Tiger: A Novel (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies: A Novel(John Murray)
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs(Virago)
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)

For a full author perspective go to the Man-Booker perspective page.

The winner receives 50,000 and can look forward to greatly increased sales and recognition worldwide. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives 2,500 and a designer bound edition of their own book.

The judging panel for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is: Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science; Wendy Cope, poet; Giles Foden, journalist and author; Ruth Scurr, biographer and critic and Imogen Stubbs, actor and writer.

This is the first time that any book prize has used mobile technology to promote its shortlist. The Man Booker Prize has exclusively partnered with mobile site GoSpokenlaunched this April at the London International Book Fair, to make the shortlist extracts available to download for free.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th October at an awards ceremony at the Guildhall, London.



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