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
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
- Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing
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.