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Peter Stothard to chair 2012 Man Booker Prize

8th November 2011

Next year's Man Booker Prize will be chaired by diarist and author Sir Peter Stothard, the current editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

The appointment follows this year's controversial Man Booker Prize, which many critics accused of favouring popular fiction over true works of literary greatness.

Stothard will lead a panel of five judges in choosing the winner of next year's prize, who will follow in the footsteps of 2011 recipient Julian Barnes.

Stothard previously chaired the judging panel of the Forward Poetry Prize in 2003 and was a judge of the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1997 and the Booker organisers hope his literary pedigree will silence detractors who claim the award is losing its edge.

'It is a great honour and a challenge to chair the Man Booker judges. I have admired the prize for all my editing and writing life - and look forward hugely to a year as a reader and critic within its great traditions,' he added.

The longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize will be announced in July next year, with a shortlist of six titles unveiled in September and the overall winner named at a ceremony at London's Guildhall on October 16th.

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