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Judges for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced

Judges for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction announced


Panel joining Chair Andrew Motion is announced

The judging panel for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is announced today, Wednesday 9 December 2009.

The judges are Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, formerly a dancer, now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster; Tom Sutcliffe, journalist, broadcaster and author and Frances Wilson, biographer and critic. Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate, was announced as Chair of the Judges in November.

Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, comments, ‘In choosing the judges we strive for imagination, enthusiasm, devotion to duty and integrity. I feel confident that the 2010 team not only ticks all these boxes but, from what promises to be another high quality year for fiction, will deliver a winning choice worthy of what we expect from the award of the Man Booker Prize.'

The winner of the 2009 prize, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, was chosen from 132 entries. The judges said, ‘Wolf Hall has a vast narrative sweep that gleams on every page with luminous and mesmerising detail.' It has now sold over 150,000 copies in the UK and the rights have been sold for publication in 23 languages.

The longlist, ‘The Man Booker Dozen' - the 12 (or 13) titles under serious consideration for the prize - will be announced in late July and a shortlist of six books will be announced in early September. The Man Booker Prize 2010 winner announcement will be broadcast by the BBC from London's Guildhall at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 12 October 2010.

Andrew Motion is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London and co-founder of the online Poetry Archive. He was Poet Laureate from 1999 until earlier this year. He has received numerous awards for his writing. His group study, The Lamberts, won the Somerset Maugham Award and his authorised life of Philip Larkin won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

Rosie Blau is Literary Editor of the Financial Times. Educated at Cambridge and Harvard, she has been a journalist for the past decade, writing for a variety of publications in the UK and US. She joined the Financial Times in 2003 and has worked as a columnist, arts editor and news editor.

Deborah Bull was a dancer and is now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster. She danced with The Royal Ballet from 1981 to 2001, the last 10 years as Principal Dancer. Deborah's books include a diary, Dancing Away. For three years she contributed a weekly column to the Daily Telegraph. She has broadcast regularly, including the landmark series for BBC2, The Dancer's Body, in 2002. She was a member of Arts Council England between 1998 and 2005 and served as a Governor of the BBC between 2003 and 2006. In 1999 she was awarded a CBE.

Tom Sutcliffe is an author, broadcaster and journalist. He studied English at Cambridge before joining the BBC where he has since presented A Good Read, Saturday Review and Round Britain Quiz. He was editor of Kaleidoscope, Radio Four's long-running predecessor to Front Row. He helped launch The Independent newspaper as its arts editor and still writes for the paper as a television reviewer and columnist. A BBC 2 series, Watching, was based on his book about cinema.

Frances Wilson has a PhD in Henry James and lectured in English Literature for 15 years before becoming a freelance writer. She is author of Literary Seductions: Compulsive Writers and Diverted Readers; The Courtesan's Revenge: Harriette Wilson, the Woman who Blackmailed the King and The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, which won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize. She was a judge for the Whitbread Biography prize in 2005 and reviews for the Sunday Times and the Times Literary Supplement. She is currently writing a biography of J Bruce Ismay, chairman of the company that owned the ill-fated trans-Atlantic liner, the ‘Titanic'.

Notes to Editors:

• Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate) won the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

• Photographs of the judges are available from Colman Getty.

• The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969, and Man Group plc was announced as the sponsor of the prize in April 2002, with a five year extension agreed in 2006. For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website: www.themanbookerprize.com. It is a major media and information tool which is accessed worldwide with up to the minute information about both the annual Man Booker Prize and the biennial Man Booker International Prize. Featuring news, interviews and written pieces as well as a lively forum and full history archive of the prize, the site is used by journalists, bloggers and general members of the public on a daily basis.

• The Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules and on the selection of the judges, represents all sides of the book world. Its members are: Ion Trewin, Chair (Literary Director, Man Booker Prizes); Richard Cable, publisher; Mark Chilton, Company Secretary, Booker Ltd; Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, Man Group plc; Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust; Victoria Glendinning, writer; Basil Comely, BBC TV; Derek Johns, literary agent; Gerry Johnson, Managing Director, Waterstone's; Peter Kemp, fiction editor, The Sunday Times; Nigel Newton, publisher; Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize administrator); Eve Smith (Company Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation); and Robert Topping; Topping & Company Booksellers.

• The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the prize. The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation are former Chairman of Booker plc, Jonathan Taylor CBE (Chair); Lord Baker of Dorking CH; playwright and President of the Royal Literary Fund, Ronald Harwood CBE; former Chair of the British Council, Baroness Kennedy QC; writer, Baroness Neuberger DBE; and former Finance Director of Rentokil plc, Christopher Pearce. Martyn Goff CBE, former Man Booker Prize administrator, has recently been appointed President of the Foundation and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Vice President.

• The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group plc. Man is a world-leading alternative investment management business. With a broad range of funds for institutional and private investors globally, it is known for its performance, innovative product design and investor service. Man manages around $44 billion. The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100 Index with a market capitalisation of around £5 billion. Man Group is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index.

Man Group supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes. In the year to March 2OO9 the Man Group plc Charitable Trust gave almost 1O% of its charitable budget to charities concerned with improving literacy. The Trust continues to support the ‘Every Child a Reader' reading recovery programme with a donation of £1m spread over three years from 2OO6. A sizeable donation was also made to Dyslexia Action, with the Medical Foundation for the care of victims of torture ‘Write to Life' project, Bookaid International, Volunteer Reading Help, The Shannon Trust and St. Petrock's (Exeter) receiving smaller donations. The Trust also supports the RNIB Talking Books Service, enabling the production and distribution of Talking Book formats of the shortlisted titles of the Man Booker Prize.

Further information can be found at www.mangroupplc.com

• Booker is the UK's leading food wholesaler with over 170 branches nationwide. It serves over 350,000 independent businesses.

• The Booker Prize Archive was given on loan in 2003 to Oxford Brookes University where it now resides.


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