The 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist was just announced celebrating six phenomenal authors around the world.
The authors included on the list derive from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The novels themselves are just as diverse, ranging from a lexicographer on the search to find her missing mother to a WW2 veteran with PTSD on the journey to find peace in a post-war paranoid America in a narrative that is reminiscent of a film noir.
The shortlist was decided upon by a panel of five judges including philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val McDermid, cultural critic Leo Robson, feminist writer Jacqueline Rose, and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. Appiah praised the novels as, “miracles of stylistic invention,” adding that the diverse novels share the exploration of pain in a fractured society but each offers glimpses of hope and triumph.
“These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure,” he wrote.
The list also features the youngest ever Booker shortlisted nominee, Daisy Johnson, for her novel Everything Under.
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The shortlisted novels are:
Milkman by Anna Burns (United Kingdom)
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (United Kingdom)
The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (United States of America)
The Overstory by Richard Powers (United States of America)
The Long Take by Robin Robertson (United Kingdom)
The winning novel included in the shortlist will be announced on October 16th. All six finalists will receive £2,500 each and a specially bound edition of their novel. The winner will receive an additional £50,000 and international recognition.
Featured Image shows cover of Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Via Jonathan Cape imprint.