And we could not be more excited!
This year’s shortlist recognizes three writers from the UK, two from the US, and one from Canada. There are four women and two men nominated. Moreover, Daisy Johnson, at 27-years-old, is officially the youngest novelist nominated for the award.
In each of them the language takes centre stage. And yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time. From Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but which we can all be enriched by getting to know. Each one explores the anatomy of pain — among the incarcerated and on a slave plantation, in a society fractured by sectarian violence, and even in the natural world. But there are also in each of them moments of hope. These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure.
The winner on the Man Booker Prize will be announced on 16 October at a dinner in London’s Guildhall. Until then, we hope you enjoy perusing this shortlist! Sadly, three of the titles are not yet available to us in the US, but we’ll be bringing you updates when they do!
The Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist
Esi Edugyan Washington Black (Canada)
Rachel Kushner The Mars Room (USA)
Richard Powers The Overstory (USA)
Daisy Johnson Everything Under (UK) This title will be released in the US in January 2019
Robin Robertson The Long Take (UK) Not yet released in the US
Anna Burns Milkman (UK) Not yet released in the US