Man Booker Prize: Winner of £50,000 award to be announced

Man Booker Prize: Winner of £50,000 award to be announced
From BBC - October 17, 2017

The winner of the Man Booker Prize is to be revealed by the Duchess of Cornwall in a ceremony later.

Six authors are in the running for the prestigious 50,000 fiction award.

They include bookies' favourite Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders - about Abraham Lincoln's grief after the death of his 11-year-old son.

Scottish novelist Ali Smith is shortlisted for Autumn, the first of a quartet, alongside debut authors Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley.

The list is completed by US author Paul Auster and Pakistan-born Mohsin Hamid.

Mozley, a PhD student at the University of York's Centre for Medieval Studies, is one of three female writers on a shortlist that is evenly divided between the sexes.

She's nominated for Elmet, which she started writing on her phone while commuting in London - and which she now finds herself selling to customers at the bookshop in York where she works part time.

It's a family drama exploring the loss of rural community in northern England.

Hamid, who was shortlisted in 2007 in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is once more in contention thanks to Exit West, while Smith is shortlisted for the fourth time for her book, which is "in part about Brexit".

There are three US authors on the shortlist - Fridlund, Saunders and Auster.

Auster's book 4321 is set against the background of the civil rights movement, while Fridlund's History of Wolves looks at the effect of "neglectful parenting".

If Lincoln in the Bardo does win for Saunders, who is best known for his short stories and novellas, he will be only the second American to win the prize.

The award has been open to US writers since 2014 and was awarded to its first American winner, Paul Beatty, last year.

2017 Man Booker Prize contenders

Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1

In a nutshell: A young man growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and 60s leads four parallel lives.

Judges' comment: "An ambitious, complex, epic narrative... that is essentially both human and humane."

Emily Fridlund (above), History of Wolves

In a nutshell: A 14-year-old girl living on a commune in the US Midwest befriends some new arrivals.

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