Shadow the Man Booker Prize 2017

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is recognised as the leading prize for high quality literary fiction written in English.

We have a great opportunity for six of our reading groups to shadow this year’s Man Booker Prize. If successful, your group will receive a set (10 copies) of one of the shortlisted titles in return for your reviews and feedback, as well as joining in the conversation about the prize online.

To apply, please log in and fill in your details below by Thursday 31 August.

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Discover the 2017 Man Booker Dozen. There is a fantastic breadth of talent across the chosen books, including a former winner, several shortlisted authors, and three debut novelists, and every book is packed with fascinating and challenging content.


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