Kearney among 2013 Man Booker judges

Kearney among 2013 Man Booker judges

The full panel of Man Booker Prize judges has been announced, with BBC broadcaster  Martha Kearney and critic Stuart Kelly joining the chair of judges, author Robert Macfarlane.

Biographer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst and classicist Natalie Haynes complete the line-up. Kearney, who presents the "World at One" on BBC Radio 4 and "The Review Show" on BBC Two, has previously chaired the judging panel for the Orange Prize. Haynes was a judge on the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction panel. Kelly was literary editor of Scotland on Sunday, and Douglas-Fairhurst has been a historical consultant for BBC productions and written Becoming Dickens (Harvard University Press).

Next year's Booker will be the 45th year of the £50,000 prize.

Macfarlane, a Cambridge academic and prize-winning author, told the BBC: "The first books are in, and the reading begins. The 2013 Man Booker jury starts its work this week. We are all looking forward to the 10 months, 140 novels and many meetings and conversations that lie ahead of us, as we search for the very best of contemporary fiction."

A longlist of around a dozen books will be announced on 23rd July 2013, with the shortlist released on 10th September.

The winner will be revealed on 15th October during a ceremony at London's Guildhall.