2018 Man Booker Shortlist Announced

September 20, 2018 | 6 books mentioned 2

The 2018 Man Booker Shortlist has been revealed!

In its 50th year, the Man Booker Prize continues to uphold its mission to “promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.” Wittled down from the 13-title longlist, the 6-book shortlist includes writers from the UK, US, and Canada—three, two, and one, respectively. With her debut novel, Johnson is the youngest writer to be shortlisted for the Man Booker at 27, and Edugyan is the only nominee this year to have been shortlisted before (Half-Blood Blues in 2011).

Here’s the 2018 Man Booker shortlist (which features many titles from our 2018 Great Book Preview) and applicable bonus links:


The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (Read our review)
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
The Long Take by Robin Robertson
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Milkman by Anna Burns

The Man Booker Prize will be awarded on October 16.

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  1. The omission of ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney from the shortlist is unfortunate, in my opinion. Of those selected, I like the two US authors, Richard Powers and Rachel Kushner, but look forward to reading the others to see what they are like. I loved a previous book by Powers, ‘The Time of Our Singing’, a work which incorporated so many themes but which was, above all, a hymn to the power of music and its impact on the listener. Beyond words!

  2. I’ve read the entire longlist and think the omission of “Warlight” is as incomprehensible as the inclusion of “The Mars Room” and – especially – “Milkman.” I was thrilled to see “The Long Take” included – brilliantly inventive, historic, and surprisingly riveting. “Everything Under” and “The Overstory” are both good but my pick for the winner would be “Washington Black” – a clever, insightful, and thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

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