Man Booker Shortlist 2013


The 2013 Man Booker Shortlist has been announced. 

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)
The Harvest by Jim Crace (Picador)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (Penguin)

 The shortlisted novels are very diverse, with the authors hailing from New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and Zimbabwe, and ranging from the 832 pages of The Luminaries to the 104 pages of The Testament of Mary. Settings include biblical Middle East (Tóibín) to contemporary Zimbabwe (Bulawayo), 19th century New Zealand (Catton), 1960’s India (Lahiri), 18th century rural England (Crace) and modern Tokyo (Ozeki). The oldest author on the list is Jim Crace, aged 67, and the youngest is Eleanor Catton, who is 28. Catton is also the youngest ever Man Booker shortlistee!  (
Visit Shoalhaven Libraries online to reserve copies of the shortlisted novels now.

Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies takes out the Costa Book Award for 2012

ImageBring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel has been named 2012 Costa Book of the Year by a panel of nine judges who voted unanimously and in less than an hour. The win has solidified  Mantel’s place in literary history: Bring Up the Bodies is the first book to have been named both Costa Book of the Year and Man Booker Prize winner in the same year, while Mantel is also the only living author to have won the Man Booker Prize twice, for Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Yowzers!

Bring Up the Winner: Hilary Mantel Wins the Man Booker Prize- Again!

This week, Bring up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel was announced as the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize for 2012.  The novel is sequel to Mantel’s brilliant historical work Wolf Hall, which won the same prestigious prize in 2009.

The Man Booker Prize website announced Mantel’s win earlier this week: ‘The whittling has finished. The judges of this year’s Man Booker Prize started with a daunting 145 novels and have winnowed, sifted, culled, and in some cases hurled, until there was only one left: Hilary Mantel’s Bring up the Bodies.’

With the win, Mantel joins Peter Carey and J.M Coetzee as the only authors in Man Booker history to win the prize more than once. She is also the first writer ever to win the Prize for a sequel and the first to win within such a short time between books.

Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies will eventually be joined by a third book, forming a trilogy. Depicting the life and times of historical figure Thomas Cromwell, the books have been praised as ‘one of the great achievements of modern literature’ and for ‘resuscitating historical fiction’ (

As for whether or not Mantel will take the Prize a third time with the final installment of the trilogy, only time will tell…

Hilary Mantel with Bring Up the Bodies
Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

Exciting news for Wolf Hall fans!

Cover image Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Well, this is exciting news! Fans of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies are everywhere performing back flips of glee right about now, as the good news breaks: the BBC will be producing a 6 part drama adaptation of the novels.

Thomas Cromwell

Mantel’s novels tell the story of Henry VIII’s secretary Thomas Cromwell and  his rise to power. The King’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and her fall from grace are seen through the eyes of the fictionalised secretary, lending a fresh perspective to a fascinating period of England’s history. Wildly successful, the books were both nominated for the Man Booker Prize, which Wolf Hall won in 2009; Bring Up the Bodies is currently part of the prize’s 2012 longlist.

The novels will be adapted into screenplays by Peter Straughan, who wrote the recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy movie.

The mini-series is set to air in late 2013 and the cast has yet to be announced. Kenneth Williams, Donald Pleasence, Iain Mitchell and James Frain have all played Cromwell. Who do you think would suit the role?

James Frain played Thomas Cromwell in Showtime’s The Tudors. (And what do you know? The only pic we could find of him also happens to feature the hideously ugly Henry Cavill. What are the odds, huh?)

The 2012 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The Man Booker Prize Longlist was announced on July 25th. The prize, which Cover image 'Bring up the Bodies' celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008, aims to promote the ‘finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.’ (

To be nominated, works must be written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Judges are selected from a wide variety of disciplines, including critics, writers, academics, poets, politicians and actors.

‘The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and, like all the shortlisted authors, a cheque for £2,500 and a designer bound copy of their book. Fulfilling one of the objectives of the prize – to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction – the winner and the shortlisted authors now enjoy a dramatic increase in book sales worldwide. (information sourced from

Last year’s winner was Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending. Past winning novels include Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, The Life of Pi by Yann Martel and True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey.

The 2012 longlist:

Nicola Barker, The Yips (Fourth Estate)
Ned Beauman, The Teleportation Accident (Sceptre)
André Brink, Philida (Harvill Secker)
Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists (Myrmidon Books)
Michael Frayn, Skios (Faber & Faber)
Rachel Joyce, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Doubleday)
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home (And Other Stories)
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Alison Moore, The Lighthouse (Salt)
Will Self, Umbrella (Bloomsbury)
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis (Faber & Faber)
Sam Thompson, Communion Town (Fourth Estate)

 The shortlist will be announced 11 th September 2012.