The Man Booker Prize Shortlist announced yesterday comprises two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers.
The six authors who made it to this year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlist are Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George Saunders and Ali Smith. The announcement took everyone by surprise considering that the big and most anticipated writers such as Arundhati Roy, Colson Whitehead and Sebastian Barry didn’t make the cut.
In its fourth year since the prize has been offered to authors of all nationalities the list contains equal number of writers from both sexes. What’s also great about this year’s selection is that two debut novelists, Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley, who also happen to be the youngest and least known from the longlist are still in the running alongside established writers.
When describing the selected six books, the judges said, “The novels, each in its own way, challenge and subtly shift our preconceptions — about the nature of love, about the experience of time, about questions of identity and even death”.
Here are the six shortlisted books:
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK)