York author shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

13 September, 2017, 18:26 | Author: Christian Benson
  • Paul Beatty the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout.     PA

American author George Saunders is favourite to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction with his novel of the afterlife, "Lincoln in the Bardo".

Since the longlist was announced, Elmet's publisher, JM Originals, printed 13,000 copies but with the shortlist announcement it decided to make an additional 15,000.

Mozley began writing Elmet, set in the copses of Yorkshire, on a train from York, where she had been visiting family and where she grew up, to London, where she was going straight to work.

Fiona Mozley, Emily Fridlund, Ali Smith (top, L-R), Mohsin Hamid, George Saunders and Paul Auster (bottom, L-R). The UK/Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, who was previously shortlisted for his novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, featured again on the shortlist for his latest novel Exit West, which is a contemporary take on the current refugee crisis.

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'With six unique and intrepid books that collectively push against the borders of convention, this year's shortlist both acknowledges established authors and introduces new voices to the literary stage.

Alongside Saunders, the US contenders are Auster's story of parallel lives, "4321", and Emily Fridlund's Midwest coming-of-age tale "History of Wolves". The list also features 2 debut novelists, one each from the United States and the UK.

The competition is judged by chair Baroness Lola Young, Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips and Colin Thubron.

The victor of the shortlist, which features three men and three women, will be announced on October 17. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.

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Scottish author Smith has been shortlisted for the fourth time, this year for Autumn, a book "in part about Brexit".

First awarded in 1969, the victor of the Man Booker will receive £50,000, while the short-listed writers each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The victor will receive a further £50,000 and can expect global recognition. The victor will be announced on October 17. The Booker Prize Foundation has a longstanding partnership with RNIB to provide Man Booker Prize books to the tens of thousands of blind and partially sighted members of the RNIB Library. Previous winners of the prize that was launched in 1969 include Ian McEwan, Iris Murdoch, Hilary Mantel and Salman Rushdie.

Man Group, an active investment management firm, has sponsored the prize since 2002.

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