Bookworms pick their prizewinner

Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes

BOOKWORMS in a reading group at Calderdale Library are to shadow selection for this year’s the Man Booker Prize.

The Central Library Evening Readers’ Group has been selected as one of just six groups nationally to contribute to the discussion around those shortlisted.

Members of the group will read the six shortlisted titles, join in the online debate and choose their own preferred winner – before the official judges’ winner is announcd on October 18.

Geraldine Jones, collections team leader at Calderdale Libraries, said: “It is a great honour for the group to be recognised in this way and associated with such a high profile and prestigious literary award.”

Each year the prize promotes the finest in new fiction and rewards the year’s best novel, securing international renown for its shortlisted and longlisted authors and giving book lovers worldwide a choice reading list.

Chairwoman of judges, Dame Stella Rimington, said: “Inevitably it was hard to whittle down the longlist to six titles. But, when push came to shove, we quickly agreed that these six very different titles were the best.”

The shortlisted authors and titles are: Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending; Carol Birch Jamrach’s Menagerie; Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers; Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues; Stephen Kelman Pigeon English; A.D. Miller Snowdrops