The Booker Prize

The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.Two prizes are awarded - The Booker Prize is the top literary prize in the English speaking world, whereas the International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. Any book nominated for the Booker Prize from the long list onwards, transforms an author's life, thrusting them into the public eye of the reading world. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a global readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales.

 

So, who do we have this year? The Long List was announced 24 July, listing 13 books. The short list of six books will be announced 3 September, with the winner announced 14 October. With two past winners - Attwood and Rushdie, past nominee Levy and past shortlister Obioma, this is a list of brilliant star power. Now, what have we got to whet your reading appetite!  Click on titles below for more information and insights about each book/author. 

 

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

The Wall by John Lanchester

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

Lanny by Max Porter

Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

Frankisstein by Jeanette Winterson