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The 2010 Man Book Prize Shortlist (Including Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room)

Alert! The shortlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize was announced today in London by the Booker Prize Foundation – and South Africa’s Damon Galgut has made the cut! What fantastic news!

In a Strange Room

Parrot and Oliver in AmericaRoomThe Finkler QuestionThe Long SongC

The winner of the £50 000 purse will be announced on 12 October. Andrew Motion leads the panel of five judges that whittled the shortlist of thirteen titles down to six. Galgut’s competition includes the likes of Peter Carey – who’s won the prize twice, and could become the first author to bag a hat trick – and Emma Donaghue. Here’s the complete shortlist:

2010 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Best of luck to Damon Galgut, and his publishing team at Penguin Books!

Here are some relevant tweets following the announcement:


#Booker shortlist announced! Carey, Donoghue, Galgut, Jacobson, Levy McCarthy. Exciting list, I think #booksless than a minute ago via web


William Hill have already put up odds – Tom McCarthy their favourite at 2/1less than a minute ago via web


The Booker shortlist: One African – Damon Galgut, and one woman of colour – Andrea Levy. What do you think? http://is.gd/eZ3Ocless than a minute ago via web

From the Man Booker Prize press release:

Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson, Andrea Levy and Tom McCarthy are today, Tuesday 7 September, announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. For over four decades the prize – the leading literary award in the English speaking world – has brought recognition, reward and readership to the outstanding new novels of the year. The shortlist was announced by Chair of judges, Sir Andrew Motion, at a press conference held at Man’s London headquarters.

The six books, selected from the Man Booker Prize longlist of 13, are:

Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue Room (Picador – Pan Macmillan)

Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Atlantic Books – Grove Atlantic)

Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Review –
Headline Publishing Group)

Tom McCarthy C (Jonathan Cape – Random House)

Chair of judges Andrew Motion, comments:

“It’s been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of thirteen to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we’ve chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes – while in every case providing deep individual pleasures.”

Australian author Peter Carey is one of only two authors to have won the prize twice, in 1988 for Oscar and Lucinda and in 2001 for True History of the Kelly Gang. Should he win this year, he would become the only author to have won three times. He was also shortlisted in 1985 for Illywhacker. South African author Damon Galgut has previously been shortlisted for his book The Good Doctor in 2003 and Howard Jacobson has been longlisted twice before for his novels Kalooki Nights in 2006 and Who’s Sorry Now? in 2002. Irish author Emma Donoghue is, at 40, the youngest author on the shortlist.

The winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 12 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall. The announcement will be broadcast on BBC News across television, radio and online.

The winner will receive a cheque for £50,000 and worldwide recognition. Last year’s winning novel, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, has now sold over half a million copies in the UK alone. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.

Chaired by Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, the 2010 judges are Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, formerly a dancer, now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster; Tom Sutcliffe, journalist, broadcaster and author and Frances Wilson, biographer and critic.

On Sunday 10 October, two days before the winner is announced, the shortlisted authors will appear at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. It is the only public opportunity to join the 2010 shortlisted authors for readings from their books, discussion and an audience Q&A.

In addition, the Man Booker Prize has teamed up with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the London based private members’ club The Groucho Club, who will both host events with some of the shortlisted authors for their members.

Last month the prize announced exciting new digital plans for 2010. The Man Booker Prize App is now free to download from the App Store to an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch and is the UK’s first app for a literary prize. The prize has also partnered with T-Mobile via the digital book retailer GoSpoken. T-Mobile users can access content on their mobile phones and GoSpoken has provided free audio extracts from all the 13 longlisted titles which can be downloaded to subscribers’ mobiles.

 

Recent comments:

  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    September 7th, 2010 @13:38 #
     
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    Thrilled to hear about this recognition of a brilliant book by one of our finest authors. Go Damon!

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    September 7th, 2010 @13:41 #
     
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    Seconded, Mervyn! Both M and myself picked this one for the shortlist - so glad to see it there.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    September 7th, 2010 @13:45 #
     
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    Thirded (and congratulations on your prescience, M and B-E). Am cheering for our local hero.

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  • <a href="http://alastairbruce.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Alastair Bruce</a>
    Alastair Bruce
    September 7th, 2010 @13:48 #
     
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    Fantastic to see another nomination for a South African author. Let's hope he wins this time.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    September 7th, 2010 @16:19 #
     
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    Fantastic! Congratulations, Damon!

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    September 7th, 2010 @17:44 #
     
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    Wonderful news.

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    September 7th, 2010 @22:48 #
     
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    I'm banking on the Book Lounge seers. They've been right before...

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  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    September 8th, 2010 @09:22 #
     
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    Spoke to Damon last night. We're going to celebrate his shortlisting with a special reading/signing/champagne quaffing at the Book Lounge when he's back in Cape Town towards the end of September. Will post the date as soon as it's confirmed.

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  • <a href="http://ingridandersen.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ingrid Andersen</a>
    Ingrid Andersen
    September 8th, 2010 @09:49 #
     
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    Congratulations, Damon! I think we should check whether Mervyn and Ben-Ed are eight-legged molluscs, deep undercover- um - underwater.

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  • Mervyn
    Mervyn
    September 8th, 2010 @10:04 #
     
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    Open your diaries - Wed 29th September, we'll be celebrating and honouring the work of Damon Galgut. Hope to see all you Cape Towners here. Ben - I'll let you deal with Ingrid.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    September 8th, 2010 @11:30 #
     
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    That's terrific news, Mervyn - thanks.

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