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Man Booker Shortlist
10 September 2014
The Man Booker Prize has been running for 46 years and 2014 will see it accept entrants from anywhere in the world for the £50,000 prize.
This bold move has attracted writers from across the globe and the recent short list announcement sees Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler, both from the United States, and Richard Flanagan from Australia included in the running.
The British contingent is still very strong with Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith all in with a good chance of winning.
Speaking on behalf of the panel philosopher AC Grayling said "As the Man Booker prize expands its borders, these six exceptional books take the reader on journeys around the world, between the UK, New York, Thailand, Italy, Calcutta and times past, present and future," … "We had a lengthy and intensive debate to whittle the list down to these six. It is a strong, thought-provoking shortlist which we believe demonstrates the wonderful depth and range of contemporary fiction in English."
To Rise Again At a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
J by Howard Jacobson
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
How to Be Both by Ali Smith