Man booker prize shortlist 2018
The Man Booker Prize announces shortlist | The Booker PrizesThe shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced. The list features two debut novels, including one from the youngest author ever to make the list, in addition to a novel in verse from an award-winning poet. Four of the six books were written by women. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Knopf. The Overstory by Richard Powers Norton. The list was announced this morning by this year's chair of judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah , who remarked that "each of these novels is a miracle of stylistic invention in which the language takes center stage.
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Submitted by The Booker Prizes on Thu, He remarked that each of these novels is a miracle of stylistic invention in which the language takes centre stage. The shortlist, which features four women and two men, covers a wide range of subjects, from an 11 year-old slave escaping a Barbados sugar plantation, to a D-Day veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder. The shortlist was selected by a panel of five judges: 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. In each of them the language takes centre stage. And yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time.
Ahead of the official winner's announcement, Daisy Buchanan goes through each shortlisted book and decides on her favourite to win. The Overstory , Richard Powers — odds This is the bookies favourite by some margin, but not mine. The Long Take , Robin Robertson — odds The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner — odds Kushner is a writer of great ability and power and this book is a technical triumph.
The longlist not only contained a number of extraordinary novels, it also seemed constructed to celebrate younger writers — six of the 13 longlisted authors were 40 or under, with two in their 20s. Again, according to figures from Nielsen BookScan, Sabrina is outselling all the books on the shortlist. Indeed, none of the five bestselling books on the longlist made it on to the shortlist. Powers is a feted novelist, winner of the National Book award for The Echo Maker , although perhaps not as well known in Europe as he is in the States. The Overstory is his 12th novel, a sprawling tale that uses the lives of trees to offer new perspectives on narrative time. The writing is glorious, the environmental message timely, the way he interweaves and overlaps the various strands of his story quite masterful.