Considered as one of the top literary prizes, Booker prize has announced its shortlist for the year 2019. Recognizing outstanding literary fiction, the list was chosen from 151 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019.
This year’s shortlist includes a balance of both debutants and previous winners as well. The books in the shortlist includes, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma, Quichotte by Salman Rushdie and 10 minutes, 38 seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak.
Chaired by Peter Florence, the founder and director of Hay Festival, the other panelists are former editor and publisher Liz Calder; novelist, essayist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo; writer, broadcaster and former barrister Afua Hirsch; and concert pianist, conductor and composer Joanna MacGregor. The Booker Prize for fiction founded in 1969 will award the winner £50,000. The prize will be announced on October 14, 2019.