The Booker Prize awards incredible writing in the fiction world every year. Last year, The Handmaid’s Tale writer Margaret Atwood and Bernadine Evaristo shared the prize, which is not usual for the prize. However, this year sees a huge list of writers from all over the world go head to head to take the prize.
This year’s Booker Prize longlist has a brilliant selection of authors, some of whom will be more familiar than others.
One familiar name is Dame Hilary Mantel, who is a two-time Booker Prize winner, though the award was then called the Man Booker Prize.
Dame Hilary has won the Booker Prize twice for her Thomas Cromwell series, the first for Wolf Hall and the second for Bring Up the Bodies.
The book she is nominated for this year is The Mirror and The Light, which is the final book of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy.
Booker Prize 2020: Last year’s winners Margaret Atwood and Bernadine Evaristo
For many it seems right to see her win, thus completing the trilogy of books and awards.
American author Diane Cook’s debut novel, The New Wilderness, is also in the running.
The former This American Life producer’s book follows the horrific decision a young mother is forced to make.
Bea’s five-year-old daughter, Agnes, is slowly wasting away, consumed by the smog and pollution of the overdeveloped metropolis that most of the population now calls home.
Hilary Mantel is nominated for the Booker Prize for a third time
If they stay in the city, Agnes will die, so there is only one alternative: to travel to the Wilderness State, which is the last swath of untouched, protected land, where people have always been forbidden.
Maaza Mengiste’s second book is also up for the prize, The Shadow King, is set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia and shines a light on the women soldiers not usually credited in African history.
C Pam Zhang’s debut novel is also in the mix, making hers one of the many debuts to receive the honour.
The book follows newly orphaned children of immigrants, Lucy and Sam, who are suddenly found alone in the American West, setting off into the wilderness to bury their father.
Here is the full 2020 Booker Prize longlist:
Diane Cook – The New Wilderness
Tsitsi Dangarembga – This Mournable Body
Avni Doshi – Burnt Suga
Gabriel Krauze – Who They Was
C Pam Zhang being interviewed by American host Seth Meyers
Hilary Mantel – The Mirror & The Light
Colum McCann – Apeirogon
Maaza Mengiste – The Shadow King
Kiley Reid – Such a Fun Age
Brandon Taylor – Real Life
Anne Tyler – Redhead by The Side of The Road
Douglas Stuart – Shuggie Bain
Sophie Ward – Love and Other Thought Experiments
C Pam Zhang – How Much of These Hills is Gold
The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 15, after which the award-winning author, who will win a prize of £50,000, will be revealed in November.