The shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has just been announced. Here are the six novels that will be vying for the main gong that will be announced on Wednesday 3 November 2021:
A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
The Promise by Damon Galgut
No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
Bewliderment by Richard Powers
Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
South African Damon Galgut has made the shortlist for the third time (‘The Good Doctor’ and ‘In A Strange Room’), Richard Powers for the second time (‘The Overstory’) and Patricia Lockwood has made the list with her debut novel.
Chair of the Judges, Maya Jasanoff said the following:
With so many ambitious and intelligent books before us, the judges engaged in rich discussions not only about the qualities of any given title, but often about the purpose of fiction itself. We are pleased to present a shortlist that delivers as wide a range of original stories as it does voices and styles.
I’ve recently finished reading Anuk Arudpragasam’s novel and will be back in the following days with my look at that work.