There was a familiar ring to the announcement of the shortlists for the first stage of the £10,000 Commonwealth writers' prize.Read the whole article here.
Booker contenders MJ Hyland and David Mitchell head the regional shortlist for the Commonwealth writers' best book award, nominated alongside fellow Booker nominees James Robertson and Naeem Murr for the £1,000 Europe and South Asia prize.
The Eurasian best first book award shortlist has a more unfamiliar aspect. Hisham Matar joins Gautam Malkani in contention for the £1,000 regional first book prize.
The two regional winners will be announced on March 6 2007. They will go forward, alongside six winners from the rest of the Commonwealth, for the £10,000 best book and £5,000 best first book award, announced in May.
Commonwealth Writers' Prize List
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