Hilary Mantel and Anne Tyler were two big-name authors to miss out in a diverse Booker Prize shortlist dominated first-time novelists. Ireland’s Colum McCann also missed out on being shortlisted. Four of the six shortlisted books are from debut novelist and four are written by women.
The 2020 shortlist is:
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Oneworld Publications)
This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Faber & Faber)
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate Books)
Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Originals, Daunt Books Publishing)