The shortlist for the Booker prize has been announced today. The Man Booker is recognised as the world’s most prestigious prize for fiction and winning the prize can change an author’s and their publisher’s fortunes. Following the announcement of the longlist back in July the panel of five judges have been reading and re-reading the books to come up with the following shortlist of six books.
The overall winning book will be announced on the 15th October and the lucky winning author will receive a cheque for £50,000. All of the shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a designer bound copy of their book.
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)
Harvest by Jim Crace (Picador)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin (Penguin)
All the books are available in Leeds Libraries apart from the Jhumpa Lahiri title and we will get this in as soon as possible. Follow the links on the book titles to reserve a copy.
I personally am quite excited by the books this year and I am looking forward to getting started. I think first on my list will be the Ruth Ozeki book, a modern story set in Tokyo.