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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2018 Announced

The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2018 was announced yesterday on September 20, 2018. The Prize for the winner will be £50,000.

The six authors, Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers, and Robin Robertson are shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The chair of judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah, announced the names at a press conference at the offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor. He commented that each of these novels is a miracle of stylistic invention in which the language takes center stage.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist features four women and two men and it covers a wide range of subjects; from an 11 year-old slave escaping from a Barbados sugar plantation to a D-Day veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder. The shortlist has three writers from the UK, two from the US, and one from Canada. Out of six shortlisted novels, two are from independent publishers, Faber & Faber and Serpent’s Tail, three from Penguin Random House and one from Pan Macmillan Imprint Picador.

A panel of five judges selected the shortlist: the philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah(Chair); crime writer Val McDermid; cultural critic Leo Robson; feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2018

MilkmanAnna BurnsUKFaber & Faber
Washington BlackEsi EdugyanCanadaSerpent’s Tail
Everything UnderDaisy JohnsonUKJonathan Cape
The Mars RoomRachel KushnerUSAJonathan Cape
The OverstoryRichard PowersUSAWilliam Heinemann
The Long TakeRobin RobertsonUKPicador

The Man Booker Prize 2018 winner announcement

They will announce the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 on October 16, 2018. There will be a dinner that brings together the shortlisted-authors and well-known figures from the cultural world at London’s Guildhall. The broadcasting partner, the BBC, will broadcast the ceremony.

There will be a number of public events featuring the shortlisted authors in the meantime. One of them is at The Octagon Centre at the University of Sheffield; as part of the Off the Shelf Festival of Words on 12 October, 2018. Another is a discussion at The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on 13 October, 2018. There will be the traditional Man Booker Prize shortlist readings at the Southbank Centre on 14 October; andDamian Barr will be the host.

Check out the Man Booker Prize Long list.


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