Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie

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Atwood and Rushdie received the prize in 2000 and 1981 respectively

Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie are among the many six authors shortlisted for this yr’s Booker Prize.

Atwood is in rivalry once more with The Testaments, her eagerly awaited follow-up to The Handmaid’s Story, whereas Sir Salman makes the minimize with Quichotte.

Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Elif Shafak and US writer Lucy Ellmann are additionally up for the prize.

Each Atwood and Rushdie have received the coveted prize earlier than, in 2000 and 1981 respectively.

Atwood additionally made the shortlist with The Handmaid’s Story in 1986.

The Testaments, which is ready 15 years after the top of that novel, might be formally revealed subsequent week.

The winner, whittled down from 151 submissions and a longlist of 13, might be introduced on 14 October.

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The 2019 shortlist was introduced on Tuesday at a press convention on the British Library in London.

“Like all nice literature, these books teem with life, with a profound and celebratory humanity,” mentioned Peter Florence, chair of this yr’s judges.

Belfast-born writer Anna Burns received final yr’s prize together with her coming-of-age story Milkman.

This yr’s shortlist

Margaret Atwood – The Testaments

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Set 15 years after the enigmatic remaining scene of The Handmaid’s Story, Atwood’s much-anticipated follow-up is narrated by three feminine characters.

The unique was set in a totalitarian state known as Gilead the place ladies are subjugated and enslaved by an oppressive patriarchal society.

The Handmaid’s Story was tailored for a movie starring Natasha Richardson in 1990. Extra not too long ago, it shaped the idea for an Emmy-winning TV collection starring Elisabeth Moss.

Canadian writer Atwood, 79, received the 2000 Booker Prize for The Blind Murderer. She was additionally shortlisted for the prize in 1986, 1989, 1996 and 2003.

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The Testaments might be revealed simply after midnight on 10 September. Later that day, Atwood will speak in regards to the e-book at a Nationwide Theatre occasion that might be proven in cinemas across the globe.

Florence, one of many few to have learn the e-book, describes it as “a savage and delightful novel that speaks to us right now with conviction and energy”.

Lucy Ellmann – Geese, Newburyport

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Born in Illinois in 1956 and now based mostly in Edinburgh, Ellmann is the one US writer on this yr’s shortlist.

Her novel, which runs to a whopping 998 pages, is a stream-of-consciousness monologue that’s largely made up of 1 steady sentence.

Its narrator is an Ohio housewife who displays on her previous, her household and her nation whereas latticing cherry pies.

Choose Joanna MacGregor describes the e-book as “a genre-defying novel, a torrent on fashionable life [and] a hymn to loss and grief”.

Ellmann’s inclusion on the shortlist comes 5 years on from the controversial determination to make US authors eligible.

Paul Beatty grow to be the primary US recipient of the prize in 2016 along with his racial satire The Sellout.

If Geese, Newburyport additionally goes on to win, it will likely be the longest successful novel since 2013 winner The Luminaries.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has made it 2/1 favorite to win this yr’s prize.

Bernardine Evaristo – Lady, Girl, Different

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Born in London in 1959, Anglo-Nigerian writer Evaristo has made the Booker Prize shortlist for the primary time together with her eighth e-book.

Described as a “fusion fiction” novel, Lady, Girl, Different follows the lives of 12 characters, most of whom are black, British and feminine.

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Choose Xiaolu Guo known as it “a powerful, fierce novel… about fashionable Britain and womanhood” that “deserves to be learn aloud”.

Evaristo herself has mentioned she goals to “discover the hidden narratives of the African diaspora” and “subvert expectations and assumptions”.

Chigozie Obioma – An Orchestra of Minorities

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Born in Nigeria in 1986 and now based mostly within the US, Chigozie Obioma is the writer of two novels which have each been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

His debut novel The Fishermen beforehand made the minimize in 2015. It went on to encourage a 2018 stage adaptation that transfers to the West Finish this week.

An Orchestra of Minorities tells the story of a younger Nigerian rooster farmer whose love for a lady drives him to grow to be an African migrant in Europe.

Advised within the mythic model of the Igbo literary custom, it’s described by decide Afua Hirsch as “a e-book that wrenches the center”.

Salman Rushdie – Quichotte

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Sir Salman isn’t any stranger to the Booker Prize. He received the award in 1981 with Midnight’s Youngsters and made the shortlist once more in 1983, 1988 and 1995.

Midnight’s Youngsters went on to be judged the “Booker of Bookers” in 1993 and “Better of the Booker” in 2008.

Impressed by Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Quichotte tells of an ageing travelling salesman who drives throughout America to show himself worthy of a TV star’s hand.

Printed final month, the novel – Rushdie’s 12th – “pushes the boundaries of fiction and satire”, in line with jury chair Florence.

Born in India in 1947 and now based mostly in New York, Rushdie is finest identified for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, which sparked widespread protests by Muslims and a fatwa from Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini.

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Elif Shafak – 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Unusual World

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British-Turkish novelist Shafak was born in France in 1971 and has revealed 17 books, 11 of that are novels.

Set in Istanbul, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Unusual World is made up of the recollections of a intercourse employee who has been left for useless in a garbage bin.

Choose Liz Calder – a writer and editor whose former colleagues embrace Sir Salman Rushdie – known as the e-book “a piece of fearless creativeness”.

Organisers have insisted the Booker Prize is free from nepotism and favouritism after issues had been raised over Calder’s judging function.

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‘A large-ranging and bold line-up’

by Rebecca Jones, BBC arts correspondent

After years of mounting criticism that the Booker Prize had grow to be too worthy and dominated by American novelists, this shortlist is a welcome riposte.

First there are two literary heavyweights with Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie. Each take pleasure in important and industrial success and have received the prize earlier than.

There is just one American, Lucy Ellmann, who moved to England as a teen and now lives in Scotland. But it’s price noting that plenty of the books this yr cope with the state of America.

After 4 years when the shortlist featured no writers from Africa, the Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma makes the minimize for the second time.

Elif Shafak, who was born in Turkey, is shortlisted for a novel written in what’s her second language.

Bernardine Evaristo completes a wide-ranging and bold line-up with a novel informed in free verse. Do not be postpone – it is superb.

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