World Two first-time authors make Man Booker Prize shortlist

16:52  13 september  2017
16:52  13 september  2017 Source:   Reuters

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This was the first year of the Man Group’s sponsorship, making Martel the first writer to win the Man Booker Prize . Shortlisted authors Rohinton Mistry Family Matters Faber & Faber. Carol Shields Unless Fourth Estate.

Two American authors line up with British novelists including Ali Smith and Howard Jacobson.

Books-a-Million, best books promotion sign.© Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images Books-a-Million, best books promotion sign. Two first-time female authors feature on the 2017 Man Booker Prize fiction shortlist which comprises three women and three men including best-selling U.S. writer Paul Auster.

Subjects this year range from the struggle of a family trying to retain its self-sufficiency in rural England to a love story between two refugees fleeing civil war.

In the fourth year that the 50,000-pound ($66,400) prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is made up of two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers.

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The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £ 2 ,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors . Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales.

LONDON: Two first - time female authors feature on the 2017 Man Booker Prize fiction shortlist which comprises three women and three men In the fourth year that the 50,000-pound (US,400) prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is made up of two British, one

Auster’s “4321” offers four versions of one young man's life while fellow U.S. author Emily Fridlund's debut novel “History of Wolves” is a coming-of-age tale of a teenage girl seeking a place to belong.

"Elmet," the first book by British author Fiona Mozley, tells the story of a father and his two children who clash with landowners after they build a home for themselves.

UK/Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid is on the list with “Exit West” in which refugees can use doors to escape to other parts of the world.

George Saunders’ first novel “Lincoln in the Bardo”, is about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the American Civil War.

Scottish writer Ali Smith is on the shortlist for the fourth time, this year with “Autumn,” a meditation on a world growing ever more bordered and exclusive.

The Man Booker Prize is awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language and published in the UK. The winner will be announced on Oct. 17 in London’s Guildhall.

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