Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah will be joining the judging panel of the 2016 Man Booker Prize jury that was announced yesterday.
Born in Zanzibar, Gurnah’s novel, Paradise was shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 1994 while By the Sea was longlisted in 2001 so he will probably have a clue as to this whole Booker thing. His last novel was The Last Gift (2011).
Apart from novels he has edited two volumes of Essays on African Writing, was 2003 chair of judges of The Caine Prize for African Writing, and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie. He is a professor and Director of Graduate studies at the University of Kent.
He is joined by chair of jury this year Biographer and historian Amanda Foreman and others.