The Man Booker Prize is one of the prestigious awards solely intends to reward the best novel published across the United Kingdom in the English language. This prize has been distributed to the best fictions since 1969. Each year, various books are shortlisted from which winner is selected by the judges. These judges come from a variety of disciplines like writers, journalist, critics, poets, and many more but one thing is common in all judges i.e. passion for fiction novel.
This year, 6 books were shortlisted by the bench of 5 judges which are Kwane Anthony Appiah, Val McDermid, Leo Robson, Jacqueline Rose, and Leanne Shapton. In this article, we are going to discuss the books shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2018 given below:
The winner of this Man Booker Prize 2018 receives an amount of £50,000 and the shortlisted authors get an amount of £2,500. More than this amount, the winner as well as shortlisted authors get a hike in book sales around the world.
1. Everything Under by Daisy Johnson
It is the story of a daughter who takes care of her mother who is suffering from some kind of dementia. This novel is a perfect blend of family relations, fear, and fate. The author Daisy Johnson takes the reader to time travel and trusting back to follow along. This novel is a good read yet a confusing one. The cover of this book is literally beautiful. Some phases of this book make some readers uncomfortable and I am not going to provide you any spoiler.
2. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan
This is the story of a boy who fights against all odds to become a free man from slavery.
- It is one of the best books by the year by Boston Globe, NPR, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Economist, and Bustle.
- This book is the winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
- It is the one among top ten books of the year by Washington Post, New York Times, TIME, and Entertainment Weekly.
3. The Long Take by Robin Robertson
This novel tells the story of a D-Day veteran with a stress disorder. Due to his illness, he tries to live in the city in search of freedom instead of returning his rural home. Somehow, he finds a way from New York to Los Angeles and found a journalist job. He is witnessing America be divided into several parts due to discrimination, racism, and corruption postwar. This story will show you the exact scenario and situations of Postwar America. So, are you ready for time travel?
4. The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
This novel is totally amazing, full of interesting characters, and will engage the reader to till the last line.
- New York Times Best Seller
- New York Times Notable Book of 2018
- Finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award
- This book is written by 2 times National Book Award-nominated author.
5. The Overstory by Richard Powers
Have you ever tried to listen to trees what they want to tell us? Most probably, your answer is no and you would say “they are non-human thus cannot speak”. But, let me tell you that they are one of the living creatures on this earth like a human being and have feelings too. If you are unable to understand their feelings, The Overstory book by Richard Powers is specially written for you, only for you. The hidden conflict between humans and non-humans is written perfectly by the author. In simple words, this book is a “Magnificent piece of writing”
6. Milkman by Anna Burns
The characters of this book have no name. Yes, you heard it right. Even the place where the story is portrayed is without a name but it seems to be 1970s Belfast. The story is based on a girl “middle sister” who loves to read old books. A man with bad intentions starts to tease her but she is not capable to resist him and as a result, a chain of gossips starts in the town. This story resembles today’s scenario existing around the world. This tale is not meant for every reader as it is a bit complicated to understand the characters as well as the plot. After all, it is a Booker prize winner, it is a must read.