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Howard Jacobson Wins Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question

Author Howard Jacobson (pictured)  has won the Man Booker Prize, taking a prize worth nearly $80,000. Here’s more about his prize winning novel, The Finkler Question: “a scorching story of friendship and loss, exclusion and belonging, and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.”

We posted about Emma Donoghue‘s Room yesterday, exploring the strange list of titles on the bookshelf inside the cell where a mother and her 5-year-old son live. We also posted about how Tom McCarthy‘s C broke the bank in Booker Prize betting–earning £15,000 of bets in a single day.

Sir Andrew Motion chaired the panel of judges for the Booker Prize. The judges included: Rosie Blau, Deborah Bull, Tom Sutcliffe, and Frances Wilson.

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Tom McCarthy Breaks Bank in Booker Prize Betting

Last week the UK gambling site Ladbrokes stopped taking bets on the Man Booker Prize (to be announced Oct. 12) when shortlisted novelist Tom McCarthy‘s C suddenly earned £15,000 of bets in a single day–as if the gambling world knew something the literary world didn’t

According to the Guardian, Ladbrokes spokesperson David Williams was befuddled by this rush of bets McCarthy’s novel. The book tells the story of a troubled young genius during the early years of the 20th Century. While gamblers furiously chased odds last week for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa defied the odds to win.

Williams had this statement: “This year there wasn’t really a standout name among the six shortlisted candidates, no Rushdie or Banville, so you’d expect to see a good spread of business, with a few people having a £10 bet on him or her … [then] every single bet started striking on one man. It wouldn’t be so surprising if there were a Rushdie in the race, but with respect, in this case it was borderline inexplicable and we decided to pull the plug.”

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced for 2010

branding.jpgA few days after a NY Times review shredded his book (ignoring the novelist’s gorgeous treatment of two set pieces, the lives of World War I pilots and the emergence of wireless radio), Tom McCarthy has been shortlisted for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize.

Five other authors joined McCarthy, chosen from the the impressive longlist for the prize. The judges also picked Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson, and Andrea Levy.

The judges had this statement: “It’s been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of thirteen to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we’ve chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes — while in every case providing deep individual pleasures.”