Novelist Sarah Hall is to judge the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction alongside travel writer Colin Thubron, literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, and artist Tom Phillips.
Hall was herself shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2004 for The Electric Michelangelo (Faber) and was longlisted in 2009 for her novel How to Paint a Dead Man (Faber). Fellow judge Azam Zanganeh is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness, a book on Vladimir Nabokov which has been translated into 10 languages. She is also a judge of the Formentor Prize, and the recipient of the 2011 Roger Shattuck Prize for Criticism.
Writer Colin Thubron, whose most recent novel, Night of Fire (Chatto & Windus), was published this year, joins them on the panel. He is the current President of the Royal Society of Literature. Philips, an artist whose portraits of Iris Murdoch and Samuel Beckett are on display in the National Portrait Gallery, is the final judge.
As previously announced, the panel will be chaired by Baroness Lola Young, who said: "It is wonderful – a real privilege – to embark on this great adventure with such an accomplished panel of judges. The prospect of getting to know each other through sharing insights and discussing this year’s finest fiction is one to relish. As always, it's a big challenge and we're all excited and ready to rise to it."
The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Oneworld), was the first US author to win the prize and the second consecutive win for independent publisher Oneworld, who had taken the 2015 prize for Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings.
The ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 12 or 13 books will be announced in July 2017 and the shortlist of six books in September 2017. The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on 17th October 2017 at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, broadcast live by the BBC.