The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the UK. The prize is awarded by an advisory committee, which includes a writer, two publishers, a literary agent, a bookseller, a librarian, and a chairperson appointed by the Booker Prize Foundation.
This six shortlisted authors for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction are Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George Saunders and Ali Smith.
The books cover a wide range of subjects, from the struggle of a family trying to survive in rural England to a love story between two refugees seeking to flee an unnamed city in the throes of civil war.
1. 4321 by Paul Auster
Though a really long novel, it is extremely well written. It beautifully describes the story of four different versions of the main character. It builds on the important and sometimes terrifying, remembrances of turbulent America in the late sixties.
2. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Linda is a loner, a teenage girl who walks to school through the woods. But her life takes a turn when her history teacher—whom she fantasizes about—is charged with child pornography. An exploding story of secrets and girlhood that will leave you mesmerized.
3. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Nadia and Saeed fall in love in a distant unnamed city, they are just like any other young couple immersed in each other. However, war hits the city with bullets flying, fighter jets streaking the sky. Exit West follows the two characters into the unknown future where all they have to hold on to is themselves.
4. Elmet by Fiona Mozley
A beautiful exploration of how deep the bond between a child and father can go. ‘Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family’s precarious place in it’
5. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
‘The year is 1862. President Lincoln, already tormented by the knowledge that he’s responsible for the deaths of thousands of young men on the battlefields of the Civil War, loses his beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, to typhoid.’ An extraordinary novel overflowing with the author’s intriguing imagination.
6. Autumn by Ali Smith
Autumn is about a long platonic friendship between an elderly man and a much younger woman. A beautiful book on lifelong friends and how they help us see a whole new world.
Ali Smith makes the Man Booker shortlist for the fourth time. This year also sees a repeat shortlisting for Mohsin Hamid, who made the list in 2007 with The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
The 2017 winner will be announced on Tuesday 17 October in London. The winner receives £50,000.
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