September 8, 2009
Six authors nominated for Booker Prize
Authors A.S. Byatt, J.M. Coetzee, Adam Foulds, Hilary Mantel, Simon Mawer and Sarah Waters have been nominated for Britain's Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
The winner of the honor and an $83,000 cash award is to be announced at a ceremony in London Oct. 6.
Coetzee won the Booker Prize in 1983 for
Life & Times of Michael K. and again in 1999 for
Byatt picked up the award for
Possession in 1990.
We're thrilled to be able to announce such a strong shortlist, so enticing that it will certainly give us a headache when we come to select the winner, the BBC quoted Booker chair of judges James Naughtie as saying.
The choice will be a difficult one. There is thundering narrative, great inventiveness, poetry and sharp human insight in abundance.
Byatt is nominated for
The Children's Book; Coetzee for
Summertime; Foulds for
The Quickening Maze; Mantel for
Wolf Hall; Mawer for
The Glass Room; and Waters for
The Little Stranger.
Aravind Adiga won the 2008 Booker Prize for
The White Tiger.