2011 Man Booker Prize For Fiction Shortlist Announced

September 8, 2011

The 13 books on the 2011 Man Booker Prize Longlist have been narrowed down to 6 contenders. You can see the Longlisted books in our post from July 27th.  The judges for the 2011 Prize are writer and journalist, Matthew d’Ancona; author, Susan Hill; author and politician, Chris Mullin; and Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, Gaby Wood.  Dame Stella Rimington is the Chair.

The Shortlist:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (to be released in the US in Jan., 2012)
Barnes has been shortlisted three times for Arthur and George (2005), England, England (1998) and Flaubert’s Parrot (1984). His book is the current favorite to win.

Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
Birch was longlisted in 2003 for Turn Again Home. Ron Charles of The Washington Post calls the book, “a moving, fantastically exciting sea tale that takes you back to those great 19th-century stories that first convinced you ‘there is no frigate like a book.’ ”

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (from Canada but lives in Oregon.)

Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan  (from Canada.)

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman (Debut novel) Rights have been sold to Ridley Scott to develop it into a BBC tv movie.

Snowdrops by A.D. Miller (Debut novel)

The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 18 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC.  The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.  Last year’s winner, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK alone.

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