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Novelist hopes for prize double
DBC Pierre
Pierre is using his prize money to pay off creditors
Booker Prize winner DBC Pierre and three other Booker nominees are on the UK's Whitbread book prize shortlist.

Pierre's Vernon God Little is chosen in the first novel category, while Mark Haddon, Shena Mackay and Barbara Trapido compete in the novel category.

The Whitbread Award is broken down into five categories, including poetry, biography and best children's book.

Category winners will be named on 7 January, with an overall winner chosen on 27 January, winning 25,000.

Each category winner will receive 5,000.

The 2003 prize has attracted 468 entries, a record number, including 111 children's books.

Whitbread shortlist in full

Each category's shortlist was select by a panel of judges, which this year includes Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, actress Jenny Agutter and broadcasters James Naughtie and Mark Lawson.

Mark Haddon's children's book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has previously been nominated for a number of literary prizes.

The judges described it as "moving, enlightening, funny and a breeze to read".

He is competing with Rachel Cusk's The Lucky Ones, Mackay's Heligoland and Trapido's Frankie & Stankie.

In the first novel category, Vernon God Little was described by the judges as "crazed and scabrous".

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The shortlist in full:

Novel Award shortlist
The Lucky Ones - Rachel Cusk
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Heligoland - Shena Mackay
Frankie & Stankie - Barbara Trapido

First Novel Award shortlist
Buddha Da - Anne Donovan
An Evening of Long Goodbyes - Paul Murray
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
An Empty Room - Talitha Stevenson

Poetry Award shortlist
Minsk - Lavinia Greenlaw
Ink Stone - Jamie McKendrick
Landing Light - Don Paterson
Hard Water - Jean Sprackland

Biography Award shortlist
Margaret Thatcher - Volume Two: The Iron Lady - John Campbell
Martha Gellhorn - Caroline Moorehead
Orwell: The Life - D J Taylor
Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith - Andrew Wilson

Children's Book Award shortlist
The Fire-Eaters - David Almond
The Oracle - Catherine Fisher
Private Peaceful - Michael Morpurgo
Naked Without a Hat - Jeanne Willis

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