If you love books, you’ve probably heard of the Man Booker Prize. It aims to award the best book of the year published in English in the United Kingdom, and awards the author with 50,000 pounds as the prize. But more importantly, it is a wonderful way to promote amazing books and writing. It’s always very exciting to wait for the short list, but the long list was just announced.
Here is the full list of authors and their books:
The 2017 longlist:
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet)
How many of these have you read?
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.
The nominees are:
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!
There are many awards given to authors, but one of the most important is the Man Booker Prize. It celebrates the best fiction written each year and many very prominent authors have won in years past, including Yann Martel, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje since the award began in 1969. In order for a book to qualify, the author must be a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland, which allows Canadian authors to enter. The books are chosen each year from those published in that particular year. But prior to 1971, they were chosen from the previous year.
So two years after they began, the rules were changed to allow books only from the year in which they were awarding the prize. This meant that in 1970, there were no books eligible because they technically skipped that year to change the rules. So, 40 years later they decided to award a prize for books published in the year 1970! And the winner is:
J.G. Farrell’s Troubles was the book that garnered the most votes. A panel of 3 judges, all of whom were born in or around the year 1970 selected a shortlist of six books from that year and then the public voted on their favourite. The prize is equivalent to about $100 000 Canadian and guarantees more books sales and a great promotion of the work. All six books nominated are still in print, but unfortunately, only two of the authors are still living. Farrell drowned on a fishing trip when he was 44 years old in 1979, so sadly, he will never know that his book was the winner. However, the prize remains solid and I’m sure his family are proud of his accomplishment.
If you’d like to know more about the Man Booker prize, you can visit their great website and see past winners, rules and other nominated titles.