'Vibrant and electric’ shortlist for the Booker Prize 2023 is announced

Sep 22, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: The Booker Prizes Official Website.

The shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize – the world’s most influential prize for a single work of fiction – has been announced.

Although full of hope, humour and humanity, the books address many of 2023’s most pressing concerns: climate change, immigration, financial hardship, the persecution of minorities, political extremism and the erosion of personal freedoms. They feature characters in search of peace and belonging or lamenting lost loves. There are books that are grounded in modern reality, that shed light on shameful episodes in history and which imagine a terrifying future.

The titles that make up this year’s shortlist are as follows (click the links to read more about them):

Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein

If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery

This Other Eden by Paul Harding

Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

Western Lane by Chetna Maroo

The Bee Sting by Paul Murray

None of the six authors has previously been shortlisted for the prize. There are two debuts on the shortlist; there is one British, one Canadian, two Irish and two American authors.

Novelist Esi Edugyan, twice-shortlisted for the Booker Prize, is the chair of the 2023 judging panel and is joined by actor, writer and director Adjoa Andoh; poet, lecturer, editor and critic Mary Jean Chan; Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Shakespeare specialist James Shapiro; and actor and writer Robert Webb.

The judges are looking for the best work of long-form fiction, written in English, selected from entries published in the UK and Ireland between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023.

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