2006 Man Booker Prize Judges
| Hermione Lee(Chair)
Lee is exceptionally literary, with an education and pedigree as
vast as an American's backside, including her role as the Goldsmiths'
Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. She
is most famous for writing great biographies; the most interesting
person she has examined so far has been Edith Wharton. Her
most renowned and well-known subject is Virginia Woolfe, and that
book is considered to be her masterpiece. She is nerdy-cute,
and seems to have a thing for scarves.
| Simon Armitage
||Simon Armitage is known for writing prodigious poetry.
If you search for his picture on Google Images, you will be tempted
to think that he is an overly serious, stodgy academic, and that may
be the case, but he has written a novel called Little
Green Man and the Dead Sea Poems, and also has a volume coming
out entitled Tyrannosaurus
Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid.
| Candia McWilliam
||Candia McWilliam has a sweet job reviewing literature,
short stories, and poetry. She has written the forwards for
novels by seriously literary authors such as Henry James, Iris Murdoch,
and Muriel Spark. With these credentials, she wouldn't need
to write her own books to be a Booker Prize Judge, but she does that
as well. Her novel, A
Case of Knives, has been lauded as creepy and macabre, and one
can only hope that she brings that bizarre aesthetic to this year's
| Anthony Quinn
Google searches for Anthony
Quinn seem to only turn up information about the actor. The
TurboBookSnob's husband wishes to offer the following fictional
biography for Mr. Quinn - which you probably won't find on the Booker
Prize's main site!
Anthony Quinn is an anarchist
and arms dealer who was born to Irish gypsies, but for some reason
became a thief and alcoholic at an early age. He was born
with pointed ears and no hair or elbows. He has been romantically
linked to Cher, Morrissey, and Britney Spears, and has a list of
broken-hearted page 3 girls as long as a North Korean bread line.
Seriously, though, Mr.
Quinn read Classics at Oxford, and is a freelance writer and reviewer.
He can contact the TurboBookSnob at email@example.com to take
issue with this bio!
||If you think that dowdy English actresses over the
age of 40 can be hot (and who doesn't?), then you probably already
have a crush on Fiona Shaw. She is an amazing character actresss
on the stage and silver screen, starring in everything from Three
Men and a Little Lady to science fiction roles to Shakespeare.
The TurboBookSnob's favorite role was in the film version of Jane
Austen's Persuasion. Apparently, she is this year's fluffy (non-literary)
judge, but in a theoretical smack-down, she is the only one who might
stand a chance against Hermione Lee!