Friday, September 15, 2006

Man Booker Prize shortlist

Several of the favourites failed to make the Man-Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist yesterday, as Louise Jury in The Independent reports.
The selection surprised commentators. John Sutherland, last year's chairman and author of How to Read a Novel, said it was a "bizarre" list that might signal a changing of the literary guard. "If you compare it with last year, the average age is five or 10 years younger. What we may be seeing is a turning of the tide, the older generation giving way to the new."
The six shortlisted books were chosen from a longlist of 19 and are:
  • Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss
  • Kate Grenville - The Secret River
  • M.J. Hyland - Carry Me Down
  • Hisham Matar - In the Country of Men
  • Edward St Aubyn Mother’s Milk
  • Sarah Waters - The Night Watch
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 10th October.

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