Author and academic Hermione Lee will chair the judging panel for this year's prestigious Man Booker Prize.
Hermione Lee taught for 20 years at the University of York
She first sat on the literary panel in 1981, when the prize was awarded to Salman Rushdie for Midnight's Children.
Lee's works include an award-winning biography of Virginia Woolf. The Man Booker prize is awarded in October.
Last year's £50,000 prize went to The Sea by novelist John Banville, beating favourite Julian Barnes as well as Zadie Smith and Kazuo Ishiguro.
"When I was one of the judges of the Booker Prize 25 years ago, it was a great excitement to award it to a dazzling, little-known writer - Salman Rushdie," Lee said.
"The Man Booker Prize is always surprising. It can change a writer's profile, reward a towering reputation or introduce a brand new novelist to the world. Its influence is enormous."
Lee was the first woman to occupy the posts of Goldsmiths' Professor of English Literature at Oxford and Professorial Fellow of New College Oxford.
John Banville won the 2005 Man Booker prize for The Sea
Before taking up the posts she taught for 20 years at the University of York.
Lee will be joined by a further four as-yet-unnamed judges on the panel. The Booker Prize shortlist will be revealed in September.