Margaret Atwood And Salman Rushdie Shortlisted For Booker Prize 2019

Attention all book lovers, here’s your next pick! Booker Prize judges have whittled down the books still in consideration for the prestigious literary award and the field of contenders just shrank to six. The Booker Prize is one of the greatest literary triumphs for any novelist and Out of the shortlisted, two are already former winners- Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, who won in 1981 and 2000 respectively.

This duo of marquee names is joined by Chigozie Obioma, who is shortlisted for the second time, Elif Shafak, Lucy Ellmann and Bernardine Evaristo. While Atwood has been nominated for ‘The Testament’- the highly anticipated follow-up to her perennial bestseller ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Rushdie made it to top 6 for ‘Quichotte’ which is a re-imagination of Miguel de Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’ that dates back about four centuries. Further Obioma is a second time Booker finalist with his second novel ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ and at nearly 1000 pages, Ellmann’s ‘Ducks, Newbury Port’ is the longest novel to get selected in the prize’s 50-year-history. Lastly, both Shafak and Evaristo earned their first nomination for ‘10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange’ and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ respectively.

“If you only read one book this year, make a leap. Read all 13 of these”, said Peter Florence, chairman of the 2019 judging panel. He called the authors Nobel candidates as he further said, “Anyone who reads all six of these books would be enriched and delighted, would be awe-struck by the power of story, and encouraged by what literature can do to set our imaginations free”.

The prize was won last year by the Northern Irish writer Anna Burns, for her novel ‘Milkman’, about a teenager who is harassed by an older married man. This year’s winner will be announced on 14 October.






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