Shirley Jackson (Dec 14th 1916 – Aug 8th 1965) was an American author who was thought to be the queen of ghost stories, and while popular during her lifetime, it’s in recent years that she has received special attention from literary critics.
Thought to be an influence on many of today’s authors including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Joanne Harris and Richard Matheson, Jackson’s books are sinister, earning her the title the master of the horror tale.
During her life, Jackson wrote many novels and short stories, and if you’d like to try something from the author then today we’re listing what we think are the best Shirley Jackson books that hold up today!
Sixteen books were picked for the longlist by the judging panel, honouring both new and well-established writers, including six debut novels.
The Chair of the Judges is Sarah Sands, Editor of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme who said:
“The longlist came out of a Chequers style meeting where different views were accommodated and peace reigned, at least for now. What is striking about the list, apart from the wealth of talent, is that women writers refuse to be pigeon-holed. We have searing social realism, adventure, comedy, poetic truths, ingenious plots and unforgettable characters. Women of the world are a literary force to be reckoned with.”
The Man Booker Prize was first established in 1969 and, to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary, a one-off award is set to be given to the writer of the best work of fiction from the last five decades. The candidates have been chosen by five judges, but the final say will be given to the public who can vote for the writer they deem most deserving. Read More
The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More