The Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced!

Here are the six books listed on the shortlist:

Chair of the 2020 judges, Margaret Busby, comments: “The best novels often prepare our societies for valuable conversations, and not just about the inequities and dilemmas of the world − whether in connection with climate change, forgotten communities, old age, racism, or revolution when necessary − but also about how magnificent the interior life of the mind, imagination and spirit is, in spite of circumstance. … It’s a wondrous and enriching variety of stories, and hugely exciting as well.”

The winner of the 2020 Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday 17 November. For more information on the Prize, see the website here.

Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

Avni Doshi

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This Mournable Body

This Mournable Body

Tsitsi Dangarembga

In this tense and psychologically charged novel, Tsitsi Dangarembga channels the hope and potential of one young girl and a fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed.   

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Shuggie Bain

Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart

A heart-wrenching debut novel set in Thatcher-era Glasgow: Shuggie Bain tells the story of a boy's doomed attempt to save his proud, alcoholic mother from her addiction.

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The Shadow King

The Shadow King

Maaza Mengiste

A beautifully written and utterly captivating novel about female strength and the power of belief, set during Mussolini's 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers who were written out...

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Burnt Sugar

Burnt Sugar

Avni Doshi

In her youth, Tara was wild. She abandoned her loveless marriage to join an ashram, endured a brief stint as a beggar (mostly to spite her affluent parents), and spent years chasing after a dishevelled, homeless 'artist' - all...

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The New Wilderness

The New Wilderness

Diane Cook

From an acclaimed Guardian First Book Award finalist comes a debut novel ‘brutal and beautiful in equal measure' (Emily St. John Mandel) 

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Real Life

Real Life

Brandon Taylor

Wallace is a biochemistry grad student at a lakeside Midwestern university used to keeping a wary distance even from those closest to him. But, over the course of one weekend, a series of confrontations with colleagues and an...

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