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Stella Rimington heads Man Booker judges

26th November 2010

Dame Stella Rimington, the former director general of MI5, has been named as the chair of the judging panel for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Rimington, who wrote novels such as At Risk and Present Danger after leaving the security service, said she is 'looking forward' to chairing the judges for the UK's most prestigious literary prize.

Joining her on the panel are journalist Matthew d'Ancona, author Susan Hill, politician and writer Chris Mullen and Gaby Wood, head of books at the Daily Telegraph.

Ion Trewin, literary director of the Man Booker Prizes, commented: 'Every year we look for a different mix of judges and I'm particularly delighted by the breadth and range of interests of the 2011 team.'

The panel will now decide on the Booker Dozen, the longlist of the 12 or 13 titles under consideration for the award, before late July next year. The six-strong shortlist will then be announced in early September, before the winner is named on October 18th.

Last year, the Man Booker judging panel was chaired by former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion.
 

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