Today, Maya Jasanoff, the chair of this year’s Booker Prize judging panel, announced the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize, the UK’s most prestigious prize for a novel written in English. Jasanoff described the shortlist as “immersive; global and engag[ing] with matters of life and death.”
The 13 books originally longlisted for this year’s Booker were chosen from a master list of 158, all published in the UK or Ireland between October 1 2020 and September 30 2021. The winner, who will take home £50,000 in addition to massive sales and bragging rights, will be announced on November 2.
Along with Jasanoff, this year’s prize is being judged by writer and editor Horatia Harrod, actor Natascha McElhone, twice Booker-shortlisted novelist Chigozie Obioma, and writer and former Archbishop Rowan Williams.
Here’s the shortlist of six:
Anuk Arudpragasam, A Passage North (Granta Books, Granta Publications)
Damon Galgut, The Promise (Chatto & Windus, Vintage, PRH)
Patricia Lockwood, No One is Talking About This (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)
Nadifa Mohamed, The Fortune Men (Viking, Penguin General, PRH)
Richard Powers, Bewilderment (Hutchinson Heinemann, PRH)
Maggie Shipstead, Great Circle (Doubleday, Transworld Publishers, PRH)