Man Booker Prize 2017

The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.

The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group and the winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales.

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Man Booker Shortlist and Winner

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4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
A single child born in 1947 experiences four parallel lifetimes poignantly marked by shifting family fortunes, athletic pursuits, friendships, sex, intellectual passions and the same intriguing woman.

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Living with her parents in a nearly abandoned counterculture commune, fourteen-year-old Linda finds her perspectives and desires changed by the arrest of a teacher and the secrets of a new neighbor family.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Two young lovers engage in a furtive affair shaped by local unrest on the eve of a civil war that erupts in a cataclysmic bombing attack, forcing them to abandon their previous home and lives.

Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Cathy and Daniel live with their father, John, a gentle brute of a man and a former enforcer who just wants to be left alone to raise his children, but when a local landowner shows up on their doorstep, their precarious existence is threatened and a series of actions is set in motion that can only end in violence.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.

Autumn by Ali Smith
The debut installment in a series about aging, time, and the nature of stories follows the experiences of a thirty-something lecturer in London who muses on love, art, and life through her relationship with her centenarian former neighbor.