2014 Man Booker Prize

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The 2014 Man Booker Prize for fiction was awarded at a ceremony on 14 October 2014. Until 2014, only novels written in English and from authors in the Commonwealth, including the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe were eligible for consideration; however from 2014 rules were changed to extend eligibility to any novel written in English.[1] It is therefore the first time in the award's history that authors from the United States of America have been included.[2][3]

Judging panel

The panel of judges is chaired by A. C. Grayling and comprises Jonathan Bate, Sarah Churchwell, Daniel Glaser, Alastair Niven and Erica Wagner.[4]

Nominees

Longlist

A longlist of thirteen titles was announced on 23 July 2014.[4]

Author Title Genre(s) Country Publisher
Joshua Ferris To Rise Again at a Decent Hour Novel United States Viking Press
Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North Historical novel Australia Chatto & Windus
Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Novel United States Serpent's Tale
Siri Hustvedt The Blazing World Novel United States Sceptre Press
Howard Jacobson J Novel United Kingdom Jonathan Cape
Paul Kingsnorth The Wake Historical novel United Kingdom Unbound
David Mitchell The Bone Clocks Novel United Kingdom Sceptre Press
Neel Mukherjee The Lives of Others Novel United Kingdom Chatto and Windus
David Nicholls Us Novel United Kingdom Hodder and Stoughton
Joseph O'Neill The Dog Novel Ireland Fourth Estate
Richard Powers Orfeo Novel United States Atlantic Books
Ali Smith How to Be Both Historical novel United Kingdom Hamish Hamilton
Niall Williams History of the Rain Novel Ireland Bloomsbury

Shortlist

The shortlist of six novels was announced on 9 September 2014.[5] It was composed of:

Author Title
Joshua Ferris To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Howard Jacobson J
Neel Mukherjee The Lives of Others
Ali Smith How to Be Both

Winner

On 14 October, chair judge A. C. Grayling announced that Australian author Richard Flanagan had won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North.[6] The judges spent three hours deliberating before announcing the winner. Grayling described the historical novel as a "remarkable love story as well as a story about human suffering and comradeship".[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ "'A surprise and a risk': Reaction to Booker Prize upheaval". BBC News. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Benhold, Katrin; Alter, Alexandra (23 July 2014). "In First, Americans Are Nominated for Booker Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize with 'timeless depiction of war'". Guardian. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Booker Prize: Commonwealth authors edged out". BBC News. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Man Booker Prize: Howard Jacobson makes shortlist". BBC News. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North". Daily Telegraph. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Masters, Tim (14 October 2014). "Man Booker Prize: Richard Flanagan wins for wartime love story". BBC News. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
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