Man Booker shortlist announced
11/09/2012 by Stacey Bartlett
The Man Booker Prize 2012 shortlist includes Hilary Mantel, who won in 2009
The six books on this year's Man Booker shortlist were chosen by a panel of judges, selected from the longlist of 12 announced in July.
The shortlist includes two debut novels, three small independent publishers, two former shortlisted authors and one previous winner. Of the six writers, three are men and three are women; four are British, one Indian and one Malaysian.
The shortlist is:
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
Umbrella by Will Self
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Editor of the Times Literary Supplement Peter Stothard, chair of judges, 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.”
The winner of the 2012 prize will be announced at on Tuesday 16 October. The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted writers is awarded £2,500 and a specially commissioned handbound edition of his/her book.
The 2012 judging panel is Dinah Birch, academic and literary critic; Amanda Foreman, historian, writer and broadcaster; Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey actor and Bharat Tandon, an academic, writer and reviewer.