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2013 Man Booker Prize judges announced

17th December 2012

The full judging panel has been announced for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013, which will mark the 45th year of the prestigious GBP 50,000 award.

BBC broadcaster Martha Kearney, former chair of the Orange Prize, is joined by biographer and critic Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes and writer and critic Stuart Kelly.

Chair of the judging panel, the members of which will collectively read more than 100 novels, is award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane.

The Old Ways author said: 'The first books are in and the reading begins: The 2013 Man Booker jury starts its work this week.

'We are all looking forward to the ten months, 140 novels and many meetings and conversations that lie ahead of us, as we search for the very best of contemporary fiction.'

The panel will unveil the longlist on July 23rd 2013, with the shortlist of six revealed on September 10th. The overall winner will be announced on Tuesday October 15th at an awards ceremony in London.

Hilary Mantel made history this year when she became the first female author to win the Man Booker Prize twice. After first triumphing with Wolf Hall in 2009, the 60-year-old etched her name in the record books when Bring up the Bodies scooped the 2012 award.

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