On Thursday 20 September, the Man Booker Prize revealed the shortlist of six titles in contention for the 2018 prize.
The prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for fifty years.
The shortlist features four women and two men and 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.
- Milkman by Anna Burns UK (Faber & Faber)
- Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Canada (Serpent’s Tail)
- Everything Under by Daisy Johnson UK (Jonathan Cape)
- The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner USA (Jonathan Cape)
- The Overstory by Richard Powers USA (William Heinemann)
- The Long Take by Robin Robertson UK (Picador)
You can download Readers’ Guides for each of the books, as well as supporting booklists with suggested themed reads for each title. The books can be borrowed from your local library, or you can buy books for you or your group from hive.co.uk to support The Reading Agency and local bookshops at no additional cost to you.
“These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure.”
Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of the judging panel:
“All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention. 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. From Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but which we can all be enriched by getting to know. 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.”
The winner of the 2018 prize will be announced on Tuesday 16 October at a formal dinner at London’s Guildhall. The ceremony will be aired by the BBC.
What do you think of the shortlisted titles? Which have you read and what will be added to your TBR pile? Add your comments below, or click any title above to leave a review.
Download fantastic Readers’ Guides for every one of the longlisted titles from the Man Booker Prize website.