The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, the UK’s most prestigious literary award, has been announced. This year, the foundation opened its doors to writers of any nationality writing in English, a change meant to celebrate “the freedom of English in all its vigour, its vitality, its versatility and its glory wherever it may be.” The final results? Three British writers, two American, and one Australian. The judges’ leader, philosopher AC Grayling, said, “We had a lengthy and intensive debate to whittle the list down to these six. It is a strong, thought-provoking shortlist which we believe demonstrates the wonderful depth and range of contemporary fiction in English.” No doubt.
To Rise Again At a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
J, Howard Jacobson
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee
How to Be Both, Ali Smith
[via The Guardian]