The 2022 Booker Prize shortlist has been announced

The 2022 Booker Prize shortlist has been announced.

The Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and is widely regarded as the premier award for literary fiction in the English language.

Last year the novel by Damon Galgut The promisewhich deals with the downfall of a white South African family was chosen as the winner.

The winner receives £50,000 and can expect international recognition and a dramatic increase in book sales worldwide.

Past winners include Salman Rushdie, VS Naipaul, Hilary Mantel, Bernadine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood.

The nominated authors and works in the 2022 Booker Prize competition are:

NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwean), glory

Percival Everett (US), The trees

Alan Garner (British), Syrup Walker

Shehan Karunatilaka (Sri Lankan), The Seven Moons by Maali Almeida

Claire Keegan (Irish), little things like this

Elizabeth Strout (US), Oh William!

This year’s shortlist is characterized by an even split between male and female authors.

In a statement, Neil MacGregor, the 2022 jury chair, celebrated the diversity represented on the shortlist while noting that it addresses issues that matter to all.

“These six books, in our opinion, speak impressively of important things,” he wrote. “Set in different places at different times, they are about events that to some extent are happening everywhere and affect us all.

“Each written in English, they demonstrate what a plethora of English people there are, how many different real and imaginary worlds exist in this seemingly simple space, the Anglosphere.”

The 2022 winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Roundhouse on October 17. For the first time since 2019, the final will be held in person. The 2022 Booker Prize shortlist has been announced


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