Booker Prize 2022 shortlist announced

A shortlist of six books for the Booker Prize 2022 was announced in the wee hours of September 7, 2022 (India time). The six shortlisted books are “Set in different places at different times [and] are all about events that in some measure happen everywhere, and concern us all,” Neil MacGregor, Chair of Judges- Booker Prize 2022, said in a statement.

Started in the year 1969, the Booker Prize is a prestigious annual award which is given to “the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland”.

The six shortlisted authors for this year’s Booker Prize hail from five different countries and four different continents, and a majority of their works are inspired from real-life incidents. Interestingly, there is an equal number of male and female authors on the list this year.

The six books shortlisted for Booker Prize 2022 are, as mentioned on their official website:

1. ‘Glory’ by NoViolet Bulawayo

“This energetic and exhilarating joyride from NoViolet Bulawayo is the story of an uprising, told by a vivid chorus of animal voices that help us see our human world more clearly.”

2. ‘Small Things Like These’ by Claire Keegan

“Claire Keegan’s tender tale of hope and quiet heroism is both a celebration of compassion and a stern rebuke of the sins committed in the name of religion”. With just 116 pages in this book, this is the shortest novel to ever be shortlisted in the history of the prize!

3. ‘Treacle Walker’ by Alan Garner

“This latest fiction from a remarkable and enduring talent brilliantly illuminates an introspective young mind trying to make sense of the world around him”. Author lan Garner, who will turn 88 this October, is the oldest writer to ever be shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Also, his novel ‘Treacle Walker’ has fewer words than any other shortlisted book on the list.

4. ‘The Trees’ by Percival Everett

“A violent history refuses to be buried in Percival Everett’s striking novel, which combines an unnerving murder mystery with a powerful condemnation of racism and police violence.”

5. ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ by Shehan Karunatilaka

“Shehan Karunatilaka’s rip-roaring epic is a searing, mordantly funny satire set amid the murderous mayhem of a Sri Lanka beset by civil war.”

6. ‘Oh William!’ by Elizabeth Strout

“Bestselling author Elizabeth Strout returns to her beloved heroine Lucy Barton in a luminous novel about love, loss, and the family secrets that can erupt and bewilder us at any time.”

The judges for this year’s Booker Prize are: Neil MacGregor (Chair of Judges), Shahidha Bari, Helen Castor, M. John Harrison, and Alain Mabanckou.

Watch the shortlist announcement here:

The winner of Booker Prize 2022 will be announced in a ceremony on October 17, 2022 which will be held at the Roundhouse in London, UK. The winner will be awarded a prize money of £50,000, while all the six shortlisted authors will receive £2,500.

Last year, author Damon Galgut won the 2021 Booker Prize for his novel ‘The Promise’.

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