The list, released on Wednesday (Sept 13), includes Elmet by Fiona Mozley, a 29-year-old British bookseller whose manuscript had not even been published when she got longlisted, and History Of Wolves by American author Emily Fridlund.
American heavyweights Paul Auster and George Saunders are to go head to head on the Man Booker prize shortlist, as major names from British fiction fall by the wayside. However, the two writers did not make it to the shortlist.
Alongside Saunders, the USA contenders are Auster's story of parallel lives, "4321", and Emily Fridlund's Midwest coming-of-age tale "History of Wolves". The UK/Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, who was previously shortlisted for his novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, featured again on the shortlist for his latest novel Exit West, which is a contemporary take on the current refugee crisis. Widely hailed by worldwide critics, Roy's novel was thought to be a sure-name in the short list. The shortlist for the £50,000 literary prize was chosen by a panel of judges that included literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh, Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Sarah Hall, artist Tom Phillips, travel writer Colin Thubron and was chaired by Baroness Lola Young.
The Man Booker victor will be announced on October 17 in London. Each of the shortlisted authors will be awarded £2,500. These include an event at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts Theatre in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature on Tuesday 10 October and two events at The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on Saturday 14 October. The previous Man Booker victor was Paul Beatty for The Sellout.
The shortlisted authors each will receive 2,500 pounds and a specially bound edition of their book.
The Man Booker Prize just announced the shortlist for 2017 and it seems that there are quite a few hits and misses. The Booker Prize Foundation has a longstanding partnership with RNIB to provide Man Booker Prize books to the tens of thousands of blind and partially sighted members of the RNIB Library.
The change spurred fears among some British writers and publishers that it would bring US dominance to a prize whose previous winners include Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel. The prize has also recognised many authors early in their careers, including Eleanor Catton, Aravind Adiga and Ben Okri.