The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize is out. It was announced at the British Library in London in a press conference on 3rd September 2019.
Among the six authors shortlisted are literary heavyweights Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, who have already won the Booker before in 2000 for ‘The Blind Assassin’ and in 1981 for ‘Midnight’s Children’ respectively.
Others to have made it to the shortlist are Lucy Ellmann, the only American in the list. Joining her is the Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, who has made it to the shortlist for a second time, British-Turkish author Elif Shafak and British author Bernardine Evaristo.
Here is the year’s shortlist:
- Margaret Atwood (Canada) – The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
- Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK) – Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
- Bernardine Evaristo (UK) – Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
- Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
- Salman Rushdie (UK/India) – Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
- Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey) – 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
The winner of the Booker Prize for 2019 will be announced on 14th October 2019. The longlist was announced earlier in July.
The Booker, widely considered one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, recognizes outstanding fiction in the English language. It offers a cash prize of 50,000 pounds.
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