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Booker shortlist announced

Patricia Lockwood, Maggie Shipstead, Anuk Arudpragas­am, Nadifa Mohamed, Damon Galgut and Richard Powers on list

- CLÉMENCE MICHALLON

The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist has been unveiled. The list of six authors was unveiled yesterday in a live online celebratio­n. BBC arts correspond­ent Rebecca Jones chaired the event from central London.

Debut novelist Patricia Lockwood has made the shortlist for the first time, while Damon Galgut is shortliste­d for the third time, and Richard Powers for the second time.

The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to works by writers of any nationalit­y, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. The list was chosen from 158 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2020 and 30 September 2021.

Here are the six authors on the 2021 Booker Prize shortlist:

Anuk Arudpragas­am (Sri Lankan) – A Passage North (Granta Books, Granta Publicatio­ns)

Damon Galgut (South African) – The Promise (Chatto & Windus, Vintage, PRH)

Patricia Lockwood (American) – No One is Talking About This (Bloomsbury Circus, Bloomsbury Publishing)

Nadifa Mohamed (British/Somali) – The Fortune Men (Viking, Penguin General, PRH)

Richard Powers (American) – Bewilderme­nt (Hutchinson Heinemann, PRH)

Maggie Shipstead (American) – Great Circle (Doubleday, Transworld Publishers, PRH)

“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,” Maya Jasanoff, chair of the 2021 judges, said. “We are pleased to present a shortlist that delivers as wide a range of original stories as it does voices and styles.”

The 2021 winner will be announced on 3 November. The winner of the 2021 Booker Prize receives £50,000 ($69,000) and typically enjoys internatio­nal recognitio­n.

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