If you've read this blog for a while, you probably know that BookPage editors get excited every year for the announcement of the Man Booker Prize, which honors the best novel "written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published in the United Kingdom." The cash prize of this prestigious award is £50,000. In the past, some of our very favorite authors—Margaret Atwood, Peter Carey, Yann Martel, John Banville, Kiran Desai (and the list goes on . . . )—have won the Booker.
This year's list shortlist for the award was announced today:
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Carol Birch, Jamrach’s Menagerie
Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues
Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English
A.D. Miller, Snowdrops
BookPage reviewed Pigeon English in August as part of our roundup of debut authors to watch. We also interviewed Kelman about what it felt like when he found out his first novel would be published. He responded: "I was surprised, elated, honoured and grateful. I’d wanted to be a published author for as long as I can remember, so it was very much the fulfilment of a dream." I wonder what he feels like now?!
Which one of these novels are you rooting for to win? Do you have a favorite past Man Booker winner?