Shortlisted for this year’s award are two books from Jonathan Cape (Vintage) – Everything Under by Daisy Johnson and The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner – and one from William Heinemann (Cornerstone) – The Overstory by Richard Powers.
A special mention should also go to Robin Robertson, Deputy Publishing Director at Jonathan Cape, whose debut novel in verse The Long Take (Picador) is also nominated.
Completing this year’s shortlist are Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber & Faber) and Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Profile Books).
Penguin Random House authors Belinda Bauer (Snap), Sophie Mackintosh (The Water Cure), Michael Ondaatje (Warlight) and Donal Ryan (From a Low and Quiet Sea) made the longlist, but were not included in the shortlist.
About our three shortlisted books and authors
About the Man Booker Prize
First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is seen as the leading prize for literary fiction written in English, and this is the fifth year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK. Each of the shortlisted authors receives £2,500 and the winner will receive a further £50,000.
This year’s prize is judged by novelist and academic Kwame Anthony Appiah (Chair); award-winning Scottish crime writer Val McDermid; journalist and critic Leo Robson; academic and writer Jacqueline Rose; and artist and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton.
Over the next month the six shortlisted authors will come together to tell the fascinating stories behind their books at events in Sheffield and Cheltenham, as well as an evening of readings and conversation around their novels at Royal Festival Hall in London in October.
The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018 will be announced on Tuesday 16th October at a ceremony in London. For more information, visit the Man Booker Prize website.