The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The list features two debut novels, including one from the youngest author ever to make the list, in addition to a novel in verse from an award-winning poet. Four of the six books were written by women.
The shortlisted works are:
Milkman by Anna Burns (Graywolf)
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Knopf)
Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (Graywolf)
The Overstory by Richard Powers (Norton)
The Long Take by Robin Robertson (Knopf)
The list was announced this morning by this year's chair of judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah, who remarked that "each of these novels is a miracle of stylistic invention in which the language takes center stage." The Man Booker Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the U.K. and Ireland. This year, the shortlist recognizes three writers from the U.K., two from the U.S., and one from Canada.
As a result of the nomination, Graywolf Press will publish Daisy Johnson's debut novel, Everything Under, originally slated for publication on January 15, 2019, on October 23 of this year.
The 2018 winner will be announced on October 16 in London. The ceremony will be aired by the BBC, the prize’s broadcast partner.
This article has been updated with the U.S. publisher for Robin Robertson's The Long Take .