The Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969.The Man Booker Prize for Fiction (commonly known simply as the Booker Prize) is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK.

The Man Booker Prize For Fiction 2018 Winner:

Milkman by Anna Burns £6.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.
Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

The 2018 Shortlist

The Long Take by Robin Robertson £14.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

The highly-regarded poet Robin Robertson transposes his skills of verse toward fiction in The Long Take. Chronicling the drift of a Canadian D-Day veteran across post-war America, his rapture for the Hollywood dream allows Robertson to breathtakingly fuse poetry, cinema and the traditions of noir into a moving elegy for a lost age. ‘The Long Take seems like a poem that’s long been waiting to be written,’ praised the Los Angeles Review of Books. ‘Though rooted in a specific time and place, the… larger theme is the capacity of greed and politics to turn hope into despair.’

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson £14.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

The Oedipal myth of divided families, inter-generational rivalry and twisted fate is vividly reimagined in Daisy Johnson’s debut novel Everything Under, the much-anticipated follow-up to her Edge Hill Short Story Prize-winning collection Fen. Set in a remote cottage in the British countryside, the novel centres on the complex and fractured relationship between an isolated young lexicographer and her mother, a woman gradually succumbing to dementia. ‘A deeply involving, unsettling novel that pulls the reader into a uniquely eerie yet recognisable world.’ - The Times

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan £14.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

Previously shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for her novel, Half Blood Blues, Canadian author Esi Edugyan has crafted a dazzlingly inventive new story of antebellum-era slavery and exploration that spans the globe. At the heart of Washington Black is the relationship between an 11-year-old slave and an abolitionist inventor; a friendship that crosses lines of segregation and opens the door to a whirlwind flight to freedom. ‘A gripping tale,’ stated the New Statesman, ‘made vivid by Esi Edugyan’s gifts for language and character, and by the strength of her story… [the] reader feels honoured to have kept Wash company on his journeying.’

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner £16.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

The third novel from American author Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room follows convict Romy Hall as she begins two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility. Contrasting Romy’s chaotic life outside with the dog-eat-dog world of violence and gang society that prison life engenders, The Mars Room is a visceral, unflinching portrait of contemporary incarceration. As the Spectator comments, Kushner ‘succeeds beautifully, rendering visible the sequences of injustice and exploitation that underpin our society, yet never losing sight of the individual lives those processes depend on and destroy.’

The Overstory by Richard Powers £18.99 Waterstones (Shop Now)

Poetic and profound, Richard Powers’ thirteenth novel The Overstory is a mosaic of stories spanning time and space, joined together by the overarching strata of the world’s trees and a mission to save the last virgin forest. Told in a mode that echoes the compositional dexterity of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, the real power of The Overstory lies in its ability to bring readers in sympathy with a network that exists alongside – and yet is alien to - our own. ‘A visionary, accessible legend for the planet that owns us, its exaltation and its peril, a remarkable achievement by a great writer.’ – The Daily Telegraph

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