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    Pauls all the way down: Here’s the 2023 Booker Prize shortlist.

    Emily Temple

    September 21, 2023, 3:45pm

    The era of the Jonathans may be over, but could we be embarking on the age of the Pauls? Today, the Booker Prizes announced their 2023 shortlist, a full 50% of which was written by people named Paul. On the other hand, only one British writer, Chetna Maroo, and only two women, Maroo and Sarah Bernstein, made the list.

    Here’s the shortlist:

    Sarah Bernstein, Study for Obedience
    Jonathan Escoffery, If I Survive You
    Paul Harding, This Other Eden
    Paul Lynch, Prophet Song
    Chetna Maroo, Western Lane
    Paul Murray, The Bee Sting

    This year’s judges are novelist Esi Edugyan (chair); actor, writer and director Adjoa Andoh; poet, lecturer, editor and critic Mary Jean Chan; Professor James Shapiro; and actor and writer Robert Webb. The winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced November 26, 2023.

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