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Judges announced for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Judges announced for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

The full judging panel for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is announced today, Thursday 25 November 2010. The judges are Matthew d'Ancona, writer and journalist; Susan Hill, author; Chris Mullin, author and politician and Gaby Wood, Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph. The judges will be chaired by author and former Director-General of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington.

Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Booker Foundation, comments, ‘Every year we look for a different mix of judges and I'm particularly delighted by the breadth and range of interests of the 2011 team.'

Dame Stella Rimington comments, ‘I am looking forward to chairing such a distinguished and talented team of judges. I am sure we will have many stimulating debates and will come up with a worthy winner of next year's prize.'

The 2010 Man Booker Prize was won by The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury) and was chosen from 138 entries.

The 2011 longlist, ‘The Booker Dozen' - the 12 (or 13) titles under serious consideration for the prize - will be announced in late July. The shortlist of six books will be announced in early September. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize will be announced on the BBC from London's Guildhall at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 18th October 2011.

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Dame Stella Rimington (Chair) is an author and former Director-General of MI5. She joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She was appointed Director General in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She retired from MI5 in 1996 and joined the Boards of various companies and charities. She published her autobiography, Open Secret, in 2001 and has since written five Liz Carlyle novels.

Susan Hill is an author, publisher and reviewer. Her 54 books include I'm the King of the Castle, winner of the W Somerset Maugham Award; The Albatross, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and The Bird of Night which was shortlisted for the 1972 Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Award for Fiction. The stage adaptation of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London's West End for 21 years and the film of the same book will be premiered in 2011. She founded Long Barn Books in 1997 and was a judge of the Booker Prize in 1975.

Matthew d'Ancona is an award-winning writer and political columnist, best known for his political columns in The Sunday Telegraph, the London Evening Standard and GQ. As Editor of the Spectator, he took the magazine to a record circulation and was named Current Affairs Editor of the Year in 2007. He was previously Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph and an Assistant Editor at The Times. He has published three novels and is currently working on two non-fiction books and a script with Sarah Standing for American television about the great art dealing partnership of Bernard Berenson and Joseph Duveen.

Chris Mullin is an author, journalist and politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Sunderland South and was a minister in three government departments - Environment, International Development and the Foreign Office and was for four years chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee. His books include Error of Judgement - the truth about the Birmingham bombings and the novel A Very British Coup which was adapted for television. He has recently published two best-selling volumes of diaries A View from the Foothills and Decline & Fall. A third volume is underway.

Gaby Wood is Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph. She is the author of Edison's Eve, which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the United States, and has written for the London Review of Books, Granta and Vogue. She worked for many years at the Observer, where she held posts including deputy literary editor, review editor, senior feature writer and New York correspondent.

Notes to Editors:

• Photographs of all the judges are available from Colman Getty.

• The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969, and Man was announced as the sponsor of the prize in April 2002, with a five year extension agreed in 2006. For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website: It is a major media and information tool which is accessed worldwide with up to the minute information about both the annual Man Booker Prize and the biennial Man Booker International Prize. Featuring news, interviews and written pieces as well as a lively forum and full history archive of the prize, the site is used by journalists, bloggers and general members of the public on a daily basis.

• The Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules and on the selection of the judges, represents all sides of the book world. Its members are: Ion Trewin, Chair (Literary Director, Booker Foundation); Richard Cable, publisher; Mark Chilton, Company Secretary, Booker Ltd; Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, Man, Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust; Maggie Fergusson, writer and Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature; Basil Comely, BBC TV; Derek Johns, literary agent; Peter Kemp, Chief Fiction Reviewer, The Sunday Times; Dominic Myers, Managing Director of Waterstone's; Nigel Newton, publisher; Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize administrator); Eve Smith (Company Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation); and Robert Topping; Topping & Company Booksellers.

• The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the prize. The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation are former Chairman of Booker plc, Jonathan Taylor CBE (Chair); Lord Baker of Dorking CH; playwright and President of the Royal Literary Fund, Sir Ronald Harwood CBE; former Chair of the British Council, Baroness Kennedy QC; broadcaster, James Naughtie; biographer, Victoria Glendinning; writer, Baroness Neuberger DBE and former Finance Director of Rentokil plc, Christopher Pearce. Martyn Goff CBE, former Man Booker Prize administrator, is President of the Foundation and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Vice President.

• The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man. Man is a world-leading alternative investment management business. With a broad range of funds for institutional and private investors globally, it is known for its performance, innovative product design and investor service. Following the acquisition of GLG Partners, Man manages about $67bn.

The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100 Index with a market capitalisation of around £4 billion.

Man is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Man also supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes.

Man supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes. In the year to March 2010 the Man Charitable Trust continued to fund innovative projects for children and adults that improve literacy. Donations were made to support the "Every Child a Reader" reading recovery programme, Dyslexia Action, The Mayor's Fund for London, National Literacy Trust and St Petrock's (Exeter). The Trust also supports the RNIB Talking Books Service, enabling the production and distribution of Talking Book formats of the shortlisted titles of the Man Booker Prize

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• The Booker Prize Archive was given on loan in 2003 to Oxford Brookes University where it now resides.