Booker Prize 2019 shortlist announced
The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced.
The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,875) prize are:
- The Testaments (Margaret Atwood, Chatto & Windus, September)
- Ducks, Newburyport (Lucy Ellmann, Text, September)
- Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo, Hamish Hamilton)
- An Orchestra of Minorities (Chigozie Obioma, Abacus)
- Quichotte (Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Cape, September)
- 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Elif Shafak, Viking).
Chosen from a longlist announced in July, the shortlisted authors each receive £2500 (A$4470). The award, now sponsored by US-based charitable foundation Crankstart, is open to novels written in English and published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.
Two former Booker winners are among the shortlist: Margaret Atwood for The Testaments, her long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, and Salman Rushdie for Quichotte, his reworking of Don Quixote. Penguin Random House has four shortlisted titles from their Chatto & Windus, Jonathan Cape, Hamish Hamilton and Viking imprints.
The winner will be announced on 14 October.
For more information on this year’s shortlist, see the Booker website.