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2015 Man Booker Prize Judges Announced, Including Caine Prize Council Member Ellah Allfrey

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The judging panel for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced.

This year’s prize will be judged by an all-new panel of Michael Wood (Chair), Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton; Ellah Allfrey, journalist and Deputy Chair of the Council of the Caine Prize; John Burnside, award-winning poet; Sam Leith, author and literary editor at The Spectator and Frances Osborne, author and biographer.

Africa39Zimbabwe-born Allfrey edited the recently published Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara. She is the former deputy editor of Granta magazine, and sits on the boards of English PEN and the Writers’ Centre Norwich, and as well as serving on the Council of the Caine Prize she is a patron of the Etisalat Prize for Literature.

Chair of judges Wood says: “Talking about novels is almost as much fun as reading them and we’re all greatly looking forward to this double pleasure.

“It’s a privilege to be a member of this very distinguished panel and to be part of the deliberations for the award of the Man Booker Prize, surely the most exciting and the most closely followed literary event in the English-speaking world. I believe some of the books are already waiting for us.”

Following last year’s alteration to the rules, the prize is now open to writers of any nationality, published in the UK and originally written in English.

The “Man Booker Dozen” of 12 or 13 books will be announced in August next year, the shortlist of six books in early September and the winner on 13 October.

The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthRichard Flanagan won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which then, according to the Booker, went on to record sales that “eclipse[d] the sum total of all Flanagan’s other book sales in the past decade”.
 
 
 
 
 

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