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Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize has been announced.

The six shortlisted titles are:

  • 4 3 2 1 (Paul Auster, Faber)
  • History of Wolves (Emily Fridlund, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Exit West (Mohsin Hamid, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Elmet (Fiona Mozley, J M Originals)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders, Bloomsbury)
  • Autumn (Ali Smith, Hamish Hamilton).

Chosen from a longlist of 13, the shortlist consists of three debut novels: prolific short-story writer Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo, Mozley’s Elmet and Fridlund’s History of Wolves. Though none of the shortlisted authors have previously won the prize, both Smith and Hamid have been shortlisted before, with Autumn making this Smith’s fourth nomination.

This is the fourth year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality. The shortlist comprises three American writers (Auster, Fridlund and Saunders), two British writers (Mozley and Smith) and one British-Pakistani writer (Hamid).

Chair of judges Lola Young said the final six ‘collectively push against the borders of convention’. ‘Playful, sincere, unsettling, fierce: here is a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary,’ said Young.

The winner will be announced on 17 October and will receive a cash prize of £50,000 (A$82,751). Each shortlisted author will receive £2,500 (A$4,138) and a specially bound edition of their book. For more information about the 2016 shortlist, visit the Man Booker Prize website here.


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