The final shortlist of six novels has been revealed for this year’s Booker Prize. As always, the lucky winners will be the readers.
The final six includes debut novelist Patricia Lockwood with No One Is Talking About This. Damon Galgut makes the list for the third time with The Promise, and Richard Powers makes his second shortlist appearance with Bewilderment. Also making the list are Anuk Arudpragasam for A Passage North, Nadifa Mohamed with The Fortune Men and Maggie Shipstead with Great Circle.
Chair of the judges, Maya Jasanoff, commented: ‘With so many ambitious and intelligent books before us, the judges engaged in rich discussions not only about the qualities of any given title, but often about the purpose of fiction itself. We are pleased to present a shortlist that delivers as wide a range of original stories as it does voices and styles.’
The judges will reveal the winning book during a prize ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre on November 3rd.
The 2021 shortlist
The Promise by Damon Galgut
Brutal emotional truths hit home in Damon Galgut’s deft, powerful story of a diminished family and a troubled land.
A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
Anuk Arudpragasam’s masterful novel is an attempt to come to terms with life in the wake of the devastation of Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war.
No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
Patricia Lockwood’s sincere and delightfully profane love letter to the infinite scroll, and a meditation on love, language and human connection.
The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
Nadifa Mohamed’s gripping novel about a petty criminal in Cardiff who becomes the last man to be hanged there, wrongfully convicted of murder in 1952.
Bewilderment by Richard Powers
An astrobiologist thinks of a creative way to help his rare and troubled son in Richard Powers’ deeply moving and brilliantly original novel.
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
The lives of a fearless female aviator and the actress who portrays her on screen decades later intersect in Maggie Shipstead’s vivid, soaring novel.
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