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Peter Stothard to chair the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Peter Stothard to chair the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

13,000 copies of Man Booker Prize shortlisted titles have been distributed to students beginning university this autumn.

Sir Peter Stothard is today, 7 November 2011, announced as the chair of the judges for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the leading literary prize in the English language. He will lead a panel of five judges in choosing the best book of the year.

Peter Stothard comments: ‘It is a great honour and a challenge to chair the Man Booker judges. I have admired the prize for all my editing and writing life - and look forward hugely to a year as a reader and critic within its great traditions.'

Peter Stothard is an established figure in the literary world. He is Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and he was previously Editor of The Times (1992-2002). He is also the author of two volumes of diaries: On the Spartacus Road, A Spectacular Journey Through Ancient Italy (2010), and Thirty Days, A Month at the Heart of Blair's War (2003).

Peter was chair of the judges for The Forward Poetry Prize in 2003 and a judge of the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1997. He is an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and President of the Classical Association. He is currently completing a book set in Alexandria in the first century BC and in the final days before the Arab Spring. He is married to the novelist and travel writer Sally Emerson.

The longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, ‘The Booker Dozen' - the 12 or 13 titles under serious consideration for the prize - will be announced in July 2012. The shortlist of six titles will be announced in September. The winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize will be announced at London's Guildhall at an awards ceremony on 16 October 2012.

The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes (Jonathan Cape, Random House), was announced last month and is already one of the fastest selling winners since records began.

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Notes to Editors

• Photographs of Peter Stothard are available from Colman Getty

• Each year UK publishers may submit two full-length novels written by a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe and published between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012. In addition, any title by an author who has previously won or been shortlisted for the Booker or Man Booker Prize may be submitted.

• The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969, and Man was announced as the sponsor of the prize in April 2002. It was announced last month that Man's sponsorship of the prize has been renewed. For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website:

• The Booker Prize Foundation 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 Prize Foundation); Richard Cable, publisher; Mark Chilton, Company Secretary and General Counsel of Booker Group plc; 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; James Daunt, 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; Professor of Creative Writing, Royal Holloway College University of London and former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion; broadcaster, James Naughtie; biographer, Victoria Glendinning 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 and Baroness Neuberger are Vice Presidents

• The Man Booker Prize app is available to download, from the App Store, to the Apple iPhone or iPod touch. The free app is regularly updated with all information about the prize and holds content from the full Man Booker Prize archive, spanning over 40 years.

About Man

The Man Booker Prize has been sponsored by Man, a world-leading alternative investment management business, since 2002.

Man is a world-leading alternative investment management business. It has expertise in a wide range of liquid investment styles including managed futures, equity, credit and convertibles, emerging markets, global macro and multi-manager, combined with powerful product structuring, distribution and client service capabilities. Man manages $65.0 billon, as of 30 September, 2011.

The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 1OO Index with a market capitalisation of more than £3 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.

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• Booker is the UK's leading food wholesaler with over 170 branches nationwide. It serves over 350,000 independent businesses

• Blind and partially sighted people can read the entire longlist in braille and giant print; these books are produced by RNIB thanks to funding from generous donors including The Booker Prize Foundation. The Man Group PLC Charitable Trust pays separately for the shortlist to be produced as Talking Books.

• The Foundation is also working with the Sound Archive of the British Library on its 'National Life Stories - Authors' Lives' project by funding archive interviews with authors.

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