The Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlist has just been announced. The Man Booker Prize (also known as the Booker Prize) promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is considered to be the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and even publishers. Now in its 40th year, the prize aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland.
The Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlisted novels are:
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
The judging panel had to read over 112 entries and stated that: "The judges commend the six titles to readers with great enthusiasm. These novels are intensely readable, each of them an extraordinary example of imagination and narrative. These fine page-turning stories nonetheless raise highly though-provoking ideas an issues. These books are in every case both ambitious and approachable."
The judges will meet to decide on the winning novel on Tuesday, October 14, 2008.