The shortlist for the 2023 Booker Prize has been announced.
The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$95,756) prize are:
- Study for Obedience (Sarah Bernstein, Granta)
- If I Survive You (Jonathan Escoffery, Fourth Estate)
- This Other Eden (Paul Harding, Hutchinson Heinemann)
- Prophet Song (Paul Lynch, Oneworld)
- Western Lane (Chetna Maroo, Picador)
- The Bee Sting (Paul Murray, Hamish Hamilton).
The shortlist features authors from the UK, US, Ireland and Canada. The judges said the shortlisted titles are ‘full of hope, humour and humanity’ while also addressing 2023’s most pressing concerns: climate change, immigration, financial hardship, the persecution of minorities, political extremism and the erosion of personal freedoms.
‘They feature characters in search of peace and belonging or lamenting lost loves,’ the judges said. ‘There are books that are grounded in modern reality, that shed light on shameful episodes in history and which imagine a terrifying future.’
The winner will be announced on 26 November. For more information on this year’s shortlist, see the Booker website.