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On Tuesday the winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2012 will be announced. From a shortlist of 6 works of fiction the judges (a mix of editors, academics, authors and reviewers) must pick the novel that they consider to be ‘best novel’ of 2012.

The Man Booker Prize, 2012 reviews of shortlisted novels on mummy rates it

Personally I’ve always loved a ‘good’ read and whilst they may not always be the type of novels that make it to the shortlist (or even the longlist) of the Man Booker, they aren’t aways chick lit (or even, as of lately) erotic fiction. So I thought it would be an interesting exercise for myself and other book-loving bloggers to each review one of the shortlisted novels. You will find a linky to all of our reviews below.

About The Man Booker Prize

The shortlisted novels: Bringing Up The Bodies (Hilary Mantel), Narcopolis (Jeet Thayil), Swimming Home (Deborah Levy), The Garden of Evening Mists (Tan Twan Eng), The Lighthouse (Alison Moore) and Umbrella (Will Self) were selected from a longlist of 12 novels.

According to Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation The Man Booker Prize (originally Man-less and known simply as The Booker) was created 42-years-ago with the simple premise of finding ‘the best novel in the opinion of the judges’. The idea behind the prize was to encourage the reading of ‘quality fiction’ and to attract ‘the intelligent general audience’. The knock-on effect of winning the prize being an increase in author sales but also the increase in buying ‘quality’ novels in general.

6 Man Booker facts

1. Entrants into the Man Booker must be either a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
2. The Man in Man Booker refers to the alternative investment management group which has sponsored the prize since 2002.
3. Success for Mantel will be her second win of The Man Booker, she won with Wolf Hall in 2009.
4. A S Byatt said she would use her prize money to build her “longed-for swimming pool in Provence.”
5. The judges of the prize are made up of a selection of professions from literary critics, academics, poets, politicians and actors – all of whom share a passion for ‘quality fiction’.
6. The winner or the prize receives £50,000 plus £2,500 for making it to the shortlist and a bound copy of their book.
7. The winner is announced at a ceremony on the 16th October 2012.


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