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Six finalists vie for literary prize

September 09, 2009|Associated Press

Previous winners A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee are among six finalists announced Tuesday for literature's prestigious Man Booker Prize.

Byatt's Edwardian family saga "The Children's Book" and Coetzee's semi-autobiographical "Summertime" are leading contenders for the $82,000 fiction award.

The other contenders are Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall," a historical novel set during the reign of Henry VIII; Adam Foulds' "The Quickening Maze," inspired by 19th century poet John Clare; Simon Mawer's "The Glass Room," the story of a Jewish family set against the backdrop of the rise of Nazism; and Sarah Waters' "The Little Stranger," a spooky tale that unfolds in 1940s England.

The winner will be announced Oct. 6.

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