Saturday, September 08, 2007

Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist

Nicola Barker, Anne Enright, Mohsin Hamid, Lloyd Jones, Ian McEwan and Indra Sinha are the six authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2007.

The six shortlisted books were chosen from a longlist of 13 and are:

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction panel commented on each of the titles as follows:

Darkmans – an ambitious and energetic contemporary ghost story with a vibrant cast of characters, set in modern day Ashford.
The Gathering – a very accomplished and dramatic novel of family relationships and personal breakdown in Ireland and England.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – this is a subtle and thoughtful examination of the raw meat of Anglo-Saxon capitalism, and one man’s personal response to working within it.
Mister Pip – Mr Pip is well-rooted in dramatic and frightening events in Papua New Guinea, with vivid characters and a fascinating literary frame of reference.
On Chesil Beach – a tight and beautifully written narrative which sustains high emotional tension throughout.
Animal’s People – Indra Sinha is an engaged campaigning novelist. The book clearly draws from real life events in Bhopal, but is a sustained imaginative creation in its own right, with intriguing parallel use of new media.

The winner of The Man Booker Prize 2007 will be announced on 16 October 2007

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