The Man Booker Prize is, every year, the catalyst for much debate. The year 2004 featured six outstanding novels by writers of great quality, not a household name amongst them. The relatively short gap between the publication of the shortlist and the subsequent announcement of the winner means that quite often it is only the victorious title that gets real recognition. We assembled the entire Man Booker Prize shortlist 2004 to introduce you to these six outstanding writers: Colm Tóibín, with his artful portrayal of the great American writer, Henry James; Achmat Dangor, with his satirical study of post-reconciliation South Africa; Sarah Hall's lyrical fantasy following a Morecambe-born seaside tattooist who graduates to New York's great Coney Island funfair; Alan Hollinghurst's beautifully executed tale of life in the Thatcherite 1980s; Gerard Woodward's intricate examination of a suburban family in 1970s North London and David Mitchell's hugely ambitious sextet - six stories told in very different voices, times and literary styles. 
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