9 Sep 2009

Coetzee in running for third Booker crown

1:41 pm on 9 September 2009

South African author JM Coetzee has been named on this year's Booker Prize shortlist, putting him in the running for an unprecedented third title.

His fictionalised memoir Summertime will be competing against the bookmakers' favourite Wolf Hall by British writer Hilary Mantel, an historical novel about King Henry VIII's adviser Thomas Cromwell.

Sarah Waters will be hoping to make it third time lucky with her novel The Little Stranger. She has been shortlisted twice before without winning.

Completing the shortlist of this year's contenders are Simon Mawer's The Glass Room, Adam Foulds' The Quickening Maze and The Children's Book by AS Byatt.

Coetzee, the 2003 Nobel Prize winner for literature, won the Booker for Disgrace in 1999 and Life and Times of Michael K in 1983.

The winner will be announced on 6 October.

In its 41st year, the prize recognises the best new fiction in English, and any writer from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth is eligible.