Will Wolf Hall Sequel Win The Prize Too?
The 2012 shortlist has been announced for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction and sees four British writers among the six nominees. The hot favourite is Hilary Mantel for her book Bring Up The Bodies, which would be a record-breaking second Booker Prize win for a British author. Not only that but the historical novel is the sequel to her 2009 winning book, Wolf Hall.
Also in with a good chance of winning the prize, which is open to any Commonwealth citizen, is Will Self. His book Umbrella sees him nominated for the Booker for the first time. The other British authors on the shortlist are Deborah Levy for Swimming Home and first time novelist Alison Moore with The Lighthouse. The nominations are rounded out by India's Jeet Thayil and his debut novel Narcopolis and Tan Twan Eng from Malaysia with The Garden Of Evening Mists.
Head of the judging panel, Sir Peter Stothard commented that the judges "were exhilarated by the vigour and vividly defined values in the six books that we chose." The winner will be announced on Oct. 16 at a special dinner in London's Guildhall.