Arundhati Roy fails to make it to 2017 Man Booker short-list

Carla Harmon
September 13, 2017

Scottish author Ali Smith's novel Autumn, a book "in part about Brexit", is also on the shortlist.

Pakistan-origin British writer Mohsin Hamid was among the six short-listed for the 2017 prize for his book Exit West, a tale of migration, mutation and life in war zones, the organisers announced on Wednesday. This shortlist of the Man Booker Prize (Fiction) 2017 was whittled down from the longlist of 13 books to make a further compelling race between six novels that are running for the much coveted prize.

"Playful, sincere, unsettling, fierce: here is a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary".

The victor of the 2017 Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17 in London.


Saunders's novel is set in a Washington graveyard in 1862, where President Abraham Lincoln visits the body of his 11-year-old son, and is among several innovative works on the shortlist.

Shamsi took to Twitter to felicitate Hamid on the shortlisting.

Fiona Mozley's debut novel Elmet tells the story - through the eyes of a child - of a bare-knuckle fighter bringing up his kids.

Mozley, a part-time worker at a United Kingdom bookshop, is also the youngest author on the list, aged 29.


Author George Saunders, who is best-known for his short stories, is an early favorite to win the illustrious fiction prize with his story of the afterlife, "Lincoln in the Bardo". 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.

First awarded in 1969, the victor of the Man Booker will receive £50,000, while the short-listed writers each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The victor will be announced on October 17. 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 Americans would come to dominate a prize whose previous winners include Salman Rushdie, Ben Okri, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel.


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