Man Booker Prize 2019 Judges announced

11 December 2018

The judges of the 2019 Man Booker Prize for Fiction are announced today, Tuesday 11 December.

The panel will be chaired by Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, and consists of: former fiction publisher and editor Liz Calder; novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo; writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch and pianist and composer Joanna MacGregor.

Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, says:

‘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 judging panel will be looking for the best work of long-form fiction, selected from entries published in the UK between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.

The 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner was Milkman by Anna Burns, published by Faber & Faber. In the week following the winner announcement, it posted the highest volume sales for any winner in the Nielsen BookScan era, selling nearly 19,000 copies, and has gone on to sell 350,000 copies in the UK since.

The ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 12 or 13 books will be announced in July 2019 and the shortlist of six books in early September. The winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced on October 2019 at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, broadcast live by the BBC.

The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group, a global active investment management firm.

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