Back in July we brought you news of the longlist for one of the most coveted literary prizes in history, the Man Booker Prize. Today that longlist has been dwindled down further to the final shortlist of six novels, announced today as the Man Booker finalists.
The names were announced today by Lola, Baroness Young at a press conference at the offices of the Man Group, the prize sponsor. The shortlist is varied, three male authors and three female and cover a wide range of genres, and these novels are as follows:
The 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner will be announced on Tuesday 17th October in London’s Guildhall at a literary dinner, to be broadcast by the BBC. Each of the shortlisted winners will receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive £50,000 and can expect international recognition.
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
Author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless created the Staunch book prize which will open to entries on February 22nd until April 15th 2018. Her wish is to change the overused trope of using violence against women as a plot device. The prize will be given to the best thriller novel in which no woman is raped, murdered, or beaten. Asking for something refreshing in the world of thriller fiction, her website states:
“As violence against women in fiction reaches a ridiculous high, the Staunch Book Prize invites thriller writers to keep us on the edge of our seats without resorting to the same old clichés – particularly female characters who are sexually assaulted (however ‘necessary to the plot’), or done away with (however ingeniously).”
The winner will be announced on the 25th of November to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.