Six titles made the shortlist for this year's Booker Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious prizes for English-language literature. This year's finalists were chosen from 169 novels published in the U.K. or Ireland between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. The 2022 winner, who will receive £50,000, will be announced on October 17 in an award ceremony held in partnership with the BBC.
The 2022 shortlist is as follows:
- Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo (Viking)
- The Trees by Percival Everett (Graywolf)
- Treacle Walker by Alan Garner (HarperCollins)
- The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka (Sort of Books)
- Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan (Grove)
- Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
The six shortlisted authors represent five nationalities across four continents, with an even split of men and women. Bulawayo makes her second shortlist appearance, and Garner is the oldest author ever to be shortlisted. Small Things Like These is the shortest book by page numbers to be recognized in the prize's history.
"These six books we believe speak powerfully about important things," said chair of the 2022 judges Neil MacGregor. "Each written in English, they demonstrate what an abundance of Englishes there are, how many distinct worlds, real and imaginary, exist in that simple-seeming space, the Anglosphere."