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The 2012 Man Booker prize shortlist has been announced!

 
 
 
The six titles on this year’s short list include only two very familiar names –Hilary Mantel and Will Self. These two are also favoured as winners by the bookies. That said, it is impossible to know who is going to win the hearts of the jury.
 
This is how the chair of the judges, Sir Peter Stothard, described the evaluation process this year: “We read and we reread. It was the power and depth of prose that settled most of the judges’ debates and we found the six books most likely to last and to repay future rereading. These are very different books but they all show a huge and visible confidence in the novel’s place in the renewing of our words and our ideas.”
 
As an avid reader being introduced to brand new and noteworthy authors is really exciting. Discovered any new authors lately? Tell us about them…
 
Here is the complete 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist:
 
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil  
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy 
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore 
Umbrella by Will Self
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng