Man Booker 'shows contemporary fiction in vogue'

Man Booker 'shows contemporary fiction in vogue'

The 2014 Man Booker shortlist shows that “contemporary fiction is of the moment”, judge Sarah Churchwell told the announcement press conference this morning (9th September).

In recent years the prize has been awarded to a number of historical novels – 2013 winner The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton, is set in 1866, while Hilary Mantel’s 2012 winner Bring Up the Bodies revived scenes from the 1500s.

But this year’s shortlist of six contains novels that “are very engaged with the contemporary world”, said critic and professor Churchwell. Ali Smith’s How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton) is a...

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