The 2017 Man Booker Shortlist Has Been Announced
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The shortlist of 2017’s Man Booker Prize has been announced. The books up for consideration are:
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Autumn by Ali Smith
This year sees an even split between male and female authors nominated, and includes two entries for independent publishers (Faber & Faber for 4 3 2 1 and Bloomsbury for Lincoln in the Bardo). It is only the fourth year that the prize has moved away from its Commonwealth focus, now being open to writers of any nationality and with that we see this year two British, one British-Pakistani, and three American authors on the list.
One American author who was surprisingly absent from the shortlist was Colson Whitehead, whose novel The Underground Railroad has already won the 2016 National Book Award, the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. However, the shortlist does make room for literary newcomers as well as heavyweights. This year is Smith’s fourth time on the shortlist, and Hamid’s second, while both Mozley and Fridlund have been selected for the debut novels.
Colin Thubron, one of the prize’s judges, remarked that this year’s novels share a primary quality of
something that appears to be so genuine and focussed as to be ground-breaking.
The winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced on October 17th, as of writing Ladbrokes places Saunder’s Lincoln and the Bardo as the likely winner, with odds of 2/1.
If you’d like some further exploration the books on the Man Booker Shortlist, we’ve included a reading list below. And if you’re hoping to read all six by October 17th, it’s time to get going, Auster’s entry is 880 pages. Good luck!
Featured image courtesy of The Man Booker Prize.