Saturday, October 3, 2009

Booker prize 2009

The shortlist for the 2009 Man Booker prize brings together the early favourite, Hilary Mantel, with AS Byatt, Sarah Waters and two-time Booker-winning Nobel laureate JM Coetzee.

1.Hilary Mantel is shortlisted for Wolf Hall, a piece of historical fiction centring on Thomas Cromwell, who was the successor to Cardinal Wolsey as Henry VIII’s most trusted adviser as the king tries to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn.

2. The first author to win the Booker prize twice, JM Coetzee is in with a third chance with Summertime. This latest novel completes his trilogy of fictionalised memoir begun with Boyhood and Youth, detailing the story of a young English biographer who is writing a book about the late author John Coetzee. Coetzee won the Nobel prize for literature in 2003

3.Sarah Waters, twice shortlisted for the Booker and the Orange prize, is in the running again with her fifth novel, The Little Stranger, a ghost story set in post-war Warwickshire.

4.Simon Mawer makes the cut with The Glass Room, an historical novel set in Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s. As war looms, newlyweds Viktor and Liesel Landauer, a Jew married to a gentile, move to a house on a hill with a unique glass room.

5. The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds.

6.The Children's book by A.S.Byatt.

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