Top literary prize placing for Marlborough LitFest author

Written by Peter Davison.


Andrew OHagan © Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie broaddaylightltd Andrew OHagan © Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie broaddaylightltd Marlborough LitFest author Andrew O’Hagan, has just been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for his fifth novel, The Illuminations.

Out of 13 authors on the longlist (known as the ‘Man Booker Dozen’), Scottish novelist O’Hagan is one of only three UK authors – this is the second year the £50,000 prize has been open to any writer, writing originally in English and published in the UK, irrespective of nationality.

The shortlist of six books will be unveiled in September with the winner announced in October. The judging panel initially had to read 156 novels to reach their longlist decision.

Marlborough LitFest focuses on the best in excellent writing, championing new, upcoming authors as well as established names. An eclectic line-up for the sixth annual Festival from 2 to 4 October offers a mix of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, children’s events and creative writing workshops for adults and teenagers with over 20 events taking place during the festival weekend.

LitFest chairman Jan Williamson, said: “We’re delighted for Andrew’s longlist nomination for the 2015 Man Booker Prize – one of the most prestigious literary awards there is. The Illuminations is a very fine book and we look forward to welcoming him to Marlborough in October.”

Andrew will be appearing on Sunday, October 4 at 1.30pm at the Town Hall, Marlborough. Tickets cost £8.