File - 2010 Booker laureate Howard Jacobson, author of this year's nominee, "J."
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The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize, considered one of the world's most prestigious literary awards, will be announced Tuesday in London.Insurance and Fund Management CorrespondentSet in the dystopian coastal town of Port Reuben some 60 years in the future, "J," by 2010 Booker laureate Howard Jacobson, takes up the stories of on-off lovers Ailinn Solomons and Kevern "Coco" Cohen.Desk EditorAustralian novelist Richard Flanagan's self-consciously "literary" novel takes up the familiar story of Allied prisoners of war building the Siam-Burma railway line during World War II.Ali Smith's twin stories of George and Francescho – a teenager of the 1960s, and a young artist in 15th-century Ferrara – are joined by a single, centuries-spanning thread.In Smith's narrative, he must balance his public identity with his private – that of a girl disguised as a boy to pursue a life in art.George's story flits between the present day and the memories of a trip to Ferrara with her art-loving mother.Chief Sub EditorSet in Calcutta in the late 1960s Neel Mukherjee's novel tells the story of the Ghosh family whose head, Prafullanath, owns paper mills.Food is a recurring theme while scenes of brutal torture, rotting flesh, blood and sickness provide a shocking backdrop to the story.
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