Submitted by Natalie on Fri, 2013-03-15 17:30
At last, a prize Hilary Mantel hasn't won. Congratulations are due instead to one of her fellow 2012 Man Booker shortlistees, Tan Twan Eng, who has just picked up the $30,000 Man Asian Literary Prize, the region's premier bookish gong. The Garden of Evening Mists held off Eng's fellow Man Booker Prize nominee Jeet Thayil as well as the Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk – no small achievement. Eng is the first Malaysian winner and since this is the last year of the Man Group's sponsorship of the award his victory is an appropriate one, joining the literary circle that takes in both London and Hong Kong.
Hilary Mantel has, however, been nominated for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction (née Orange). She is one of 20 female writers on the longlist, an honour she shares with, among others, Zadie Smith (Man Booker Prize shortlisted in 2005) and Barbara Kingsolver who beat Wolf Hall to the Orange in 2010. There is still a long way to go, the shortlist is announced on 16th April and the winner on the 5th June, but yet another first for Mantel is still a possibility.
It has been a long time appearing but the Literature Prize, first mooted nearly two years ago, has finally become a reality. With the Folio Society as its sponsor it has been rechristened the Folio Prize and will make its first award in March 2014, five months after the Man Booker Prize 2013 winner is announced. The Man Booker welcomes any initiative that seeks to reward and encourage fine writing and so extends a filial greeting to the new prize and wishes it luck.
Still with prizes (but the last one) … the 1993 Man Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle (Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha) is looking to join the 1987 winner Penelope Lively (Moon Tiger) as the only other writer to win both the Man Booker and the Carnegie Medal for children. His book A Greyhound of a Girl is one of eight on the shortlist. If he does win on 19th June he will join a select company; not just Lively but C.S. Lewis and Arthur Ransome also picked up the gold medal.