THE judges of the 2018 Man Booker Prize, the prestigious fiction prize, have been announced.
The 50th anniversary award jury is chaired by the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah.
He will be joined by Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, the critic Leo Robson, the writer and critic Jacqueline Rose and the artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.
Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, says: “This year’s judging panel is not only stellar in its distinction, its members have a stunningly broad range of tastes and enthusiasms too.
Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation, said: “This year’s judging panel is not only stellar in its distinction, its members have a stunningly broad range of tastes and enthusiasms too. They are all long-standing champions of creative work who will be open to any excellent novel that may come their way, regardless of genre or geography.”
The judging panel will be looking for the best novel of the year, selected from entries published in the UK between 1st October 2017 and 30th September 2018, with the shortlist to be announced next July.
Book Week Scotland runs until the 3rd December 2017.
This year the theme is Nourish.
To celebrate, Scots crime writer Stuart MacBride has written a piece on his favourite book… and it might surprise you!
IT should come as no surprise to anyone that books are by far the healthiest thing you can consume.
They don’t make you fat, have no history of causing heart disease, cancer, or type two diabetes, and they genuinely make you attractive to the opposite sex. That’s because they don’t just nourish our bodies, they nourish our souls.
New books, old books, thin books, fat books, novellas and doorstops, they’re all good for us. They build understanding and empathy and character. Books! Books! Books!
But then I would say that, wouldn’t I? I make my living writing the things, so I’m hardly going to tell people they’re evil sinful things. Even if they were (which they’re not).