Leicestershire author Alison Moore misses out on Man Booker Prize with debut novel
Leicestershire author Alison Moore has missed out on winning this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction with her debut novel The Lighthouse.
Moore, who lives in Wymeswold, was pipped at the post by Hilary Mantel who has become the first British writer to win the prize twice after her novel, Bring up the Bodies, was named the best book of the year.
The 60-year-old writer, who won in 2009 for the first part of her historical trilogy, Wolf Hall, was named the winner at a ceremony in central London.
The judges, who included Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens, spent just over two hours making their decision in what Sir Peter Stothard, who chaired the judging panel, described as a “rigorous process of literary criticism’’.
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Mantel received a cheque for £50,000 at the event at Guildhall after seeing off competition from the five other contenders which also included journalist and novelist Will Self’s book Umbrella which had been among the favourites to win.
Also on the shortlist was Swimming Home by Deborah Levy, a novel which was originally rejected by traditional publishers.
A second author in the running with a debut novel was 53-year-old Indian performance poet, songwriter and guitarist Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis.
The sixth book was The Garden Of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, about the survivor of a Second World War Japanese prison camp.
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