The shortlist for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. The shortlist was announced by Chair of judges, Sir Andrew Motion, at a press conference held at Man's London headquarters. The six books, selected from the Man Booker Prize longlist of 13, are:
- Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
- The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
- The Long Song by Andrea Levy
- C by Tom McCarthy
Chair of judges Andrew Motion, said, "It's been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of thirteen to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we've chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes - while in every case providing deep individual pleasures."
The winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will receive a cheque for 50,000 pounds and worldwide recognition, which can lead to a big boost in book sales. Last year's winning novel, Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel, has now sold over half a million copies in the UK alone. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives 2,500 pounds and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.