Booker Prize shortlist announced

Marlon JamesTom McCarthyChigozie ObiomaSunjeev SahotaAnne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara were today announced as the shortlisted authors for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The chair of judges Michael Wood said that “Only on rare occasions does celebration come so closely aligned with regret. The regret of what we left out was tempered by the enormous excitement we have in presenting the six books on the shortlist.

‘We re-read all 13 books on the longlist and in the process we rediscovered new pleasures in each. The writers on the shortlist present an extraordinary range of approaches to fiction. They come from very different cultures and are themselves at very different stages of their careers.’ Details and links to the full shortlist for the prize, which will be announced on Tuesday 13th October are:

Author (nationality)                  Title (imprint)

Marlon James (Jamaica)               A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications)

Tom McCarthy (UK)                       Satin Island (Jonathan Cape)

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria)                        The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press)

Sunjeev Sahota (UK)                      The Year of the Runaways(Picador)

Anne Tyler (US)                               A Spool of Blue Thread(Chatto & Windus)

Hanya Yanagihara (US)                  A Little Life (Picador)

The full Man Booker Prize long list was:

– A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaica) Oneworld.

– A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (US) Chatto & Windus.

– Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy (India) MacLehose Press/Quercus.

– The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) One/Pushkin Press.

– Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (US) Jonathan Cape.

– The Green Road by Anne Enright (Ireland) Jonathan Cape.

– The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami (US) Periscope/ Garnet Publishing.

– Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (UK) Jonathan Cape.

– The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan (UK) Faber.

– The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (UK) Picador.

-The Chimes by Anna Smaill (New Zealand) Sceptre.

-A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (US) Picador.

– Lila by Marilynne Robinson (US) Virago.

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