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Peter Carey, Emma up for Booker Prize

Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey is a finalist again for one of literature's most prestigious and contentious awards. He's joined by Irish writer Emma Donoghue for Room. Other finalists are...

books Updated: Sep 07, 2010 17:13 IST

Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey is a finalist again for one of literature's most prestigious and contentious awards.



The Australian writer's

Parrot and Olivier in America

is one of six contenders announced on Tuesday for the 50,000-pound ($77,000) fiction award.



He's joined by Irish writer Emma Donoghue for

Room,

the story of a boy and his mother held captive in a garden shed. The other finalists are Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson, Andrea Levy and Tom McCarthy.



The Booker is open to writers from Britain, Ireland or the Commonwealth of former British colonies. The winner will be announced on October 12.



The Booker was founded in 1969 and is officially called the Man Booker Prize after its sponsor, financial services conglomerate Man Group PLC.