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Wolf Hall makes Man Booker shortlist

8th September 2009

A total of six books including this year's favourite Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel have made the Man Booker Prize shortlist.

The shortlist was announced today (September 8th) by chair of judges James Naughtie, who told reporters at the press conference that the panel was 'thrilled' to be able to announce such a strong list.

He said: 'The choice will be a difficult one. There is thundering narrative, great inventiveness, poetry and sharp human insight in abundance.

'They've given us great enjoyment already, and it's a measure of our confidence in their books that all of us are looking forward to reading them yet again.'

This year's shortlist includes The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt, Summertime by J.M. Coetzee, The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds, The Glass Room by Simon Mawer and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

Both Byatt and Coetzee are former winners of the Man Booker Prize.

Commenting on the shortlist, Foyles' Jonathan Ruppin said: 'It's noticeable that this year the majority of writers in contention all have a few books to their names already, which perhaps underlines the fact that most outstanding authors are like vintage wines, developing a fuller, richer appeal as their careers progress.

'For bookshops, winners with a few books under their belt already tend to be better for sales: this gets people buying more books by that author and, we hope, encourages them to start exploring beyond the bestsellers at the front of the shop.'

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