After reading 169 books, judges of the #BookerPrize 2022 have announced the shortlist, which includes a variety of voices, perspectives and stories, several of which are inspired by real events.
The novels competing for the literary prize include ‘Glory’ by NoViolet Bulawayo, ‘Small Things Like These’ by Claire Keegan, ‘The Trees’ by Percival Everett, ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ by Shehan Karunatilaka, ‘Oh William!’ by Elizabeth Strout and ‘Treacle Walker’ by Alan Garner.
“These six books, we believe, speak powerfully about important things,” Neil MacGregor, jury chair of the #BookerPrize2022 said in a statement.
“Set in different places at different times, they are all about events that in some measure happen everywhere, and concern us all. Each written in #English, they demonstrate what an abundance of Englishes there are, and how many distinct worlds, real and imaginary, exist in that simple-seeming space, the #Anglosphere.”
The #shortlisted #authors span five different nationalities and four continents with an equal split between men and women, including the oldest author to be shortlisted as well as the shortest book.