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His Bloody Project shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2016

13 September 2016

Scottish author Graeme Macrae Burnet, Paul Beatty, Deborah Levy, Ottessa Moshfegh, David Szalay and Madeleine Thien are the six shortlisted authors for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Their names were announced by 2016 Chair of judges, Dr. Amanda Foreman, at a press conference on 13 September 2016 at the offices of sponsor Man Group.

The judges remarked on the role of the novel in exploring culture and in tackling unfamiliar and challenging subjects, and on the shortlisted authors' willingness to play with language and form. The shortlist features a variety of voices, from new names to award winners. The books cover a diverse range of subjects, from murder in 19th century Scotland (His Bloody Project) to classical music in Revolutionary China.

In the third year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is an even split between two British, two US and two Canadian writers. Three novels from Penguin Random House are shortlisted alongside three from small, independent publishers including Contraband in Glasgow.

The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

  • Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project (Contraband)
  • Paul Beatty (US) - The Sellout (Oneworld)
  • Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Ottessa Moshfegh (US) - Eileen (Jonathan Cape)
  • David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
  • Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition.

The 2016 winner will be announced on Tuesday 25 October 2016 in London's Guildhall, at a black-tie dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.

In the meantime, there will be a number of public events featuring the shortlisted authors.

For more on the 2016 Prize, see the Man Booker Prizes website and The Guardian article of 15 September Man Booker shortlist 2016: tiny Scottish imprint sees off publishing giants.