Marlene van Niekerk has become the first South African to be listed for the Man Booker International Prize. The finalists for the 2015 prize have just been announced in Cape Town, and South Africa is one of six countries to be included for the first time. Authors from Lebanon, Mozambique and India also made the list. The Man Booker International Prize does not focus on a single work of fiction; the judges consider an author’s overall contribution. Former winners include the Nobel Prize winner Alice Munroe, Chinua Achebe and Philip Roth. The judges are Prof. Marina Warner, author Nadeem Aslam, Prof. Elleke Boehmer, Edwin Frank from the New York Review Classics series, and Prof. Wen-chin Ouyang. The winner will be announced in London on 19 May.