The 2019 Man Booker Prize for Fiction judges have been announced, with book trade heavyweights Peter Florence and Liz Calder on the panel.
Hay Festival director Florence will chair the panel with Bloomsbury co-founder Liz Calder, novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo, writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch and pianist and composer Joanna MacGregor completing the judges' line-up.
The panel will be looking for the best work of long-form fiction from entries published in the UK between 1st October 2018 and 30th September 2019.
Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation, said: “The collective brainpower and creative spirit of this year’s panel is stunning, and the judges’ commitment to high quality literature boundless. I’m looking forward to seeing this varied group in action, and to hearing the ways in which their private reading will become a public act, bringing great books to the notice of others.”
The Man Booker Dozen of 12 or 13 books will be announced in July 2019, with the shortlist of six books to be confirmed in early September. The winner of the £50,000 prize, sponsored by global active investment management firm Man Group, will be announced in October 2019 at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, broadcast live by the BBC.
The 2018 prize went to Anna Burns for Milkman (Faber & Faber) posted the single highest week of sales for any Booker winner in the Nielsen BookScan era directly following its win selling nearly 19,000 copies in the week following the winner announcement.
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The Man Booker Prize 2019 judges (© Clara Molden)