September 14, 2009

The Man Bookers at Alloway Library

No "The Man Bookers" is not the name of a TV reality show. This month at Alloway Library we have mounted a special display of nearly sixty titles from our collection of Man Booker Prize winners. And so, we invite you to visit Alloway Library and check out a Man Booker!

For 40 years, the Man Booker Prize has been promoting the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best novel of the year written by a citizen of the English Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.

Alloway Library has a near-complete collection of Booker winners dating back to 1970. Our collection also includes many titles from the Booker shortlists for various years and even some movie versions of winning and shortlisted works

The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales. Many winning works have been adapted for film and television.

Any full-length novel, written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland and published this year, is eligible for the prize. The novel must be an original work in English (not a translation) and must not be self-published.

To maintain the consistent excellence of the prize, the Man Booker judges are selected from the finest critics, writers and academics

Man Group plc has sponsored the Man Booker prize since 2002.Man is a world-leading alternative investment management business. The Booker Prize Foundation (BPF) is a registered charity reponsible for its organisation and operation.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 will be announced on 6 October 2009.

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