The Man Booker Prize Shortlist for 2012 was released overnight.
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)
The list was chosen by a panel of 6 judges chaired by Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He commented: “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 and ideas.” (www.themanbookerprize.com)
The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced on Tuesday 16 October. Each of the six shortlisted writers will be awarded £2,500 and a specially commissioned beautifully handbound edition of his/her book. The winner receives a further £50,000.
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