Two-time Booker winner Carey tops 2010 shortlist

Tue Sep 7, 2010 10:23am EDT
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By Matt Falloon

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Two-time Man Booker winner Australian author Peter Carey, Emma Donoghue and Andrea Levy go head to head in a final field of six authors vying for one of the world's most influential literary prizes.

But the popular-selling and controversial "The Slap" by Christos Tsiolkas did not make the cut for the 2010 Man Booker Prize shortlist, the judges said on Tuesday.

The other shortlisted authors are Howard Jacobson with "The Finkler Question," Damon Galgut with "In a Strange Room" and Tom McCarthy, who is among the bookmakers' favorites to win the prize with his critically acclaimed novel "C."

The winner of the 50,000 pound ($76,790) prize, which can catapult an unknown author to worldwide success, will be announced on October 12.

The judges, chaired by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, had to whittle down a list of 13 previously selected books which the organizers said had achieved the best sales for a so-called "long list" since 2001.

Motion waxed lyrical about the talents of 67-year-old Carey, who could become the first author to win the prize three times with his novel "Parrot and Olivier in America."

"It's like being alive at the same time as Dickens," Motion told reporters at the unveiling of the short list in London. "I think he's that good."

BIZARRE FUSS   Continued...

<p>Author Peter Carey poses for a photograph in New York City's Soho neighborhood in this picture taken April 19, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar</p>