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Howard Davies to be chair of judges for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2007

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Howard Davies| is today (Friday 17 November 2006) announced as the chair of judges for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2007.

For nearly four decades the Man Booker Prize has been seen as the pinnacle of achievement in literary fiction. The award has, traditionally, inspired fierce debate and controversy. It is widely recognised as one of the world's most significant and prestigious literary prizes.

Howard Davies is Director of LSE. Prior to his current appointment he was chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the UK's single financial regulator since 1998. He had previously served for two years as deputy governor of the Bank of England, after three years as director general of the Confederation of British Industry. During 1985-1986 Howard Davies was seconded to the Treasury as special adviser to the chancellor of the Exchequer. Since 2002 he has been a Trustee of the Tate.

In addition to his high profile business activities, Howard Davies is also an avid reader. He was a regular fiction reviewer for The Literary Review for many years, and has also reviewed fiction for Books and Bookmen and The Times. He reads novels in English and French and is a member of the Powys and Wyndham Lewis Societies. He is a member of the governing body, Royal Academy of Music; Patron of Working Families; and in 2004 was elected to an honorary fellowship at Merton College.

Howard Davies said: 'I am thrilled to have been asked to chair the Man Booker judges. Next to playing cricket for England - and the selectors have again ignored me - it is my highest ambition.'

The remaining four members of the 2007 Man Booker Prize judging panel will be announced in the new year. The shortlist will be announced in September 2007, and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

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For further information and press enquiries please contact:

Eleanor Johnsey or Mark Hutchinson at Colman Getty, Tel: 020 7631 2666, email: Eleanor@colmangetty.co.uk| or Mark@colmangetty.co.uk| 

Notes to editors

For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website: www.themanbookerprize.com|.  

Man Group plc is a leading global provider of alternative investment products and solutions as well as one of the world's largest futures brokers. www.mangroupplc.com| 

Press cuttings

RTE.ie - Ireland
Howard Davies to chair Booker judges
(20 Nov 06)
It has been announced that Howard Davies, Director of LSE, will be the 2007 Chair of Judges for next year's prize.

The Guardian
People (20 Nov 06)
Howard Davies is to be chairman of judges for next year's Man Booker prize.

The Calgary Herald, Canada
Man Booker gets new chairman (20 Nov 06)
Howard Davies, the former Bank of England deputy governor who set up the UK's Financial Services Authority, was named chairman of the judging panel for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK's most coveted literary award.

Bloomberg
Howard Davies, Former FSA Boss, to Chair Man Booker Prize Panel (17 Nov 06)
Howard Davies, director of LSE, was named chairman of the judging panel for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK's most coveted literary award.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=avJgi1e87z1A&refer=home| 

Evening Standard
Man Booker judge (17 Nov 06)
Sir Howard Davies, director of LSE will chair the judging panel for the 2007 Man Booker Prize.

The Times
Man Booker Judge (17 Nov 06)
Sir Howard Davies, director of LSE, will chair the judging panel for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. 

17 November 2006

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