2016 Man Booker Shortlist Announced
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Paul Beatty, Deborah Levy, and more make the shortlist for the prestigious prize
Today the Man Booker Foundation released their shortlist for the organization’s yearly literary prize. Starting with 156 nominees, the candidates for the prestigious award were whittled down to a longlist of thirteen in July. Now only six remain in contention for the £50,000 prize. Notably, two-time recipient J M Coetzee (’83 and ’99) missed the cut.
Started in 1969, the prize was limited to authors from The UK and British Common Wealth until it was expanded in 2014. To date, an American has yet to win, although Paul Beatty could reverse the trend with The Sellout.
Here are the six finalists:
Paul Beatty (US) The Sellout (Oneworld)
Deborah Levy (UK) Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)
Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) His Bloody Project (Contraband)
Ottessa Moshfegh (US) Eileen (Jonathan Cape)
David Szalay (Canada-UK) All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
Madeleine Thien (Canada) Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)