Robert Macfarlane is to chair the judging panel for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Previously a judge in 2004, he will lead a panel of five judges.
Macfarlane said: "I feel very proud indeed to be chairing this prize, which has done so much to shape the modern literary landscape. I look forward greatly—with, it’s true, a dash of trepidation—o the 40,000 or so pages of reading that my fellow judges and I have ahead of us."
Macfarlane is a Fellow in English Literature at Cambridge University, and writes for the Guardian and Granta. His books include The Old Ways (Hamish Hamilton), and he is currently writing a title called Underland, about subterranean worlds.
The longlist for next year's Booker will be announced in July 2013, a shortlist in Setember, and the winner on 15th October 2013.
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