Literary enthusiasts all over the world have been waiting with bated breaths for the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist. Today, 20th September, 2018, the judges have announced their top five books for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize.
So who made the prestigious 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist?
This shortlist features two men and four women writers. They are: Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson.
Author (country/territory) Title (imprint)
Anna Burns (UK) Milkman (Faber & Faber)
Esi Edugyan (Canada) Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail)
Daisy Johnson (UK) Everything Under (Jonathan Cape)
Rachel Kushner (USA) The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape)
Richard Powers (USA) The Overstory (William Heinemann)
Robin Robertson (UK) The Long Take (Picador)
According to the 2018 Chair of judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah, all of the shortlisted novels are very stylistic inventions and the language is used beautifully.
Each one explores the anatomy of pain — among the incarcerated and on a slave plantation, in a society fractured by sectarian violence, and even in the natural world. But there are also in each of them moments of hope.
These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure. And we look forward to re-reading all of them as we make our way towards what will inevitably be the very difficult choice of only one of these brilliantly imaginative works as this year’s winner of the Man Booker Prize.’
If you enjoy reading beautifully-written novel, you should definitely consider buying the books on this shortlist.
The Man Booker Prize recognizes the best work written by a writer from any nationality as long as the novel has been published in the UK or Ireland.
Congratulations to the writers on the shortlist.
We’ll let you know when the judges of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize announce their shortlist.