The biggest British literary award, the Man Booker Prize, has finalized its short list. This prize is so influential, it tends to affect sales in the US, even though US authors were not included on the list for many years.
This year, the list is the most diverse it has ever been, with four of the authors nominated being people of colour. But what the BBC says unites the booklist this year, is the “grimness of their themes”. This doesn’t exactly make me want to run out and read these books, but the award often isn’t mistaken in regards to the talent of its writers.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS by Marlon James
SATIN ISLAND by Tom McCarthy
THE FISHERMAN by Chigozie Obioma
THE YEAR OF THE RUNAWAYS by Sunjeev Sahota
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara
The winner will be announced on October 15. Get reading these titles now!