The 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist Announced

Kiran Desai, Kate Grenville, M.J. Hyland, Hisham Matar, Edward St Aubyn and Sarah Waters are the six authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006, the U.K.’s pre-eminent literary award.

The shortlist was announced by the chair of judges, Hermione Lee, at a press conference at Man Group plc offices in London on September 14.

The six shortlisted books were chosen from a longlist of 19 and are:

Desai, Kiran  The Inheritance of Loss  – Hamish Hamilton
Grenville, Kate The Secret River  – Canongate
Hyland, M.J.  Carry Me Down – Canongate
Matar, Hisham  In the Country of Men  – Viking
St Aubyn, Edward Mother’s Milk – Picador
Waters, Sarah The Night Watch – Virago

Hermione Lee, Chair of Judges, comments:

“Each of these novels has what we as judges were most looking for, a distinctive original voice, an audacious imagination that takes readers to undiscovered countries of the mind, a strong power of story-telling and a historical truthfulness. Each of these novels creates a world you inhabit without question or distrust while you are reading, and a mood, an atmosphere, which lasts long after the reading is over.”

The winner receives £50,000 with a guaranteed increase in sales and recognition worldwide. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their own book.

The judging panel for the 2006 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is: Hermione Lee (Chair), biographer, academic and a reviewer; Simon Armitage, poet and novelist; Candia McWilliam, award-winning novelist; critic Anthony Quinn; and actor Fiona Shaw.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 10th October at an awards ceremony at the Guildhall, London

Related stories:

  • An Interview with Ion Trewin: The Man Booker Prize administrator talks about the award and its benefits,” OhmyNews International, August 25, 2006.

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