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Dame Stella Rimington Presents Booker Prize Nominees

7th September 2011

Dame Stella Rimington, keynote speaker, author and former Director-General of MI5, announced the six shortlisted authors for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Rimington, Chair of Judges, praised Julian Barnes, Carol Birch, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan, Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller for their success.

The judges’ selection includes two first time novelists - Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller – while four of the books are from independent publishers. Of the six writers, two have enjoyed success with the prize in the past. Julian Barnes has been shortlisted three times for Arthur and George (2005), England, England (1998) and Flaubert’s Parrot (1984), while Carol Birch was longlisted in 2003 for Turn Again Home. Two Canadian writers feature on the shortlist - Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan – along with four British novelists.

Stella Rimington said:  “Inevitably it was hard to whittle down the longlist to six titles.  We were sorry to lose some great books.  But, when push came to shove, we quickly agreed that these six very different titles were the best.”

The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 18 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC.  The winner will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.  Last year’s winner, The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK alone.

The judges for the 2011 Prize are writer and journalist, Matthew d’Ancona; author, Susan Hill; author and politician, Chris Mullin; and Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph, Gaby Wood

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