The Booker, despite its august reputation, is not a predictable prize. This year, the judges chose not to put on the longlist a swathe of writers whom pundits had predicted would be shoe-ins.
Australian author Peter Carey moved a step closer to achieving a literary hat trick with the announcement of his place on the shortlist for the Booker Prize, which he has already won twice.
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PETER Carey could become the first author to scoop the Man Booker Prize for Fiction three times - but Andrea Levy is the bookies' favourite to triumph this year.
THE late Dame Muriel Spark is shortlisted for a one-off "lost" Man Booker Prize to honour a great novel four decades on.
THEY were the Bookers that slipped off the shelf. A host of celebrated novelists are in the running for a special Lost Man Booker Prize for works which were published in 1970 and judged ineligible due to a change in the rules.
It's not exactly a foregone conclusion, but it will be a real turn up for the books (and shock for the bookies) if Hilary Mantel, below, doesn't win this year's Man Booker, seeing off JM Coetzee, AS Byatt, Simon Mawer, Sarah Waters and Adam Foulds. Chair of the judges James Naughtie injected some much-needed drama into the announcement of the shortlist by saying: "Just because you're a former winner of the prize doesn't mean you can't write a bad book – and
A HISTORICAL novel about Henry VIII's adviser, Thomas Cromwell, leads the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize, which was revealed yesterday.
A HISTORICAL novel about Henry VIII's adviser, Thomas Cromwell, leads the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize, which was announced today.
BRITON Hilary Mantel has been declared the favourite to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, after 95 per cent of all bets were on her novel, bookmakers said.
HILARY Mantel is the favourite to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction after 95 per cent of all bets were on her novel alone, bookmakers revealed yesterday.
FIRST-TIME novelist Aravind Adiga last night won the £50,000 Man Booker prize for his book The White Tiger, which scathingly attacks the inequalities of life in his native India.
THE shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday, favouring young debut authors as opposed to established literary heavyweights.
THE book jackets are off for the literary spat of the year.
THE novel Midnight's Children, first published 27 years ago by the provocative Indian-born writer Sir Salman Rushdie, sealed its place as an all-time British favourite yesterday.
WITH a novel the bookies had judged a 12-1 rank outsider, Dublin writer Anne Enright last night became the first Irishwoman to win the Man Booker Prize.
ON THE day that the film version of his last novel, Atonement, goes on general release, Ian McEwan was installed as the clear favourite to win Britain's premier literary award for the second time.
THREE British authors have been shortlisted for this year's Man Booker International Prize.
THE judges of this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction was announced today.
A MAN Booker nominated novelist will be reading from his book at a free event aimed at building interest in the written word.
EDINBURGH firm Canongate was last night celebrating becoming the first Scottish publisher ever to have two novels shortlisted for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize.