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Shortlist for 2014 Man Booker Prize Announced: Five of the Six from Penguin Random House Stable

Alert! The shortlist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize has been revealed, featuring three British authors, one Australian and two Americans.

The following books will now be republished as special editions, proudly bearing the sticker identifying the author as a Man Booker shortlistee:

To Rise Again at a Decent HourThe Narrow Road to the Deep NorthWe Are All Completely Beside OurselvesJLives of OthersHow to be Both

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (US)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australia)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (US)
J by Howard Jacobson (British)
Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (British)
How to be Both by Ali Smith (British)

It is significant to note that publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House is behind five of the six titles which will now contend for this illustrious award. Bookseller spoke to Tom Weldon, CEO of Penguin Random House UK, who said: “We are extremely proud to have five of the six Man Booker shortlisted titles. It is a great testament to the quality and diversity of Penguin Random House’s fiction publishing.” After the amalgamation of Penguin and Random House this company became the first truly global trade publisher, combining their strengths to create new boundaries in the industry.

Chair of the 2014 judges, AC Grayling, commented: ‘We are delighted to announce our international shortlist. As the Man Booker Prize expands its borders, these six exceptional books take the reader on journeys around the world, between the UK, New York, Thailand, Italy, Calcutta and times past, present and future.

‘We had a lengthy and intensive debate to whittle the list down to these six. It is a strong, thought-provoking shortlist which we believe demonstrates the wonderful depth and range of contemporary fiction in English.”

2014 also marks the first year where the new rule, allowing authors of any nationality writing in English to be included on the longlist, applied. This, however, led to the exclusion of African authors as a vast amount of (mostly American) authors now became eligible.

After the announcement of this year’s longlist, Books LIVE reflected on the history of African authors and the Man Booker Prize:

The winner, who receives a whopping £50,000, will be announced on the 14th October.

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