Man Booker Prize 2016 announces shortlist

Man Booker Prize 2016 Announces Shortlist

The six novels shortlisted include Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project

The shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize has been announced, covering subjects such as a murder in 19th century Scotland, the Cultural Revolution in China and a protagonist who grows marijuana and watermelon.

Chair of the judges, Dr Amanda Foreman, announced the names that shall compete for the £50,000 prize. 2016 marks the third year that the prize has available to writers of any nationality and the shortlist announced today is shared between two American, two Canadian and two British writers (including Kilmarnock-born Burnet).

Half of the novels on the shortlist come from Penguin Random House and three from smaller publishers, including the Glasgow-based independent house Saraband for His Bloody Project.

Last year the prize was won by Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings which went on to sell over 360,000 copies in the UK and Commonwealth.

The Man Booker Prize Winner is to be announced at a formal ceremony in London's Guildhall on Thu 25 Oct, but will also be broadcast by the BBC; so if you're not a well known figure in the literary world and don't make the cut, you can still enjoy it from the comfort of your own home.

The full shortlist includes:
Paul Beatty: The Sellout (US, Oneworld)
Deborah Levy: Hot Milk (UK, Hamish Hamilton)
Graeme Macrae Burnet: His Bloody Project (UK, Saraband)
Ottessa Moshfegh: Eileen (US, Jonathan Cape)
David Szalay: All That Man Is (Canada, Jonathan Cape)
Madeleine Thien: Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Canada, Granta Books)

The Man Booker Prize award ceremony is not open to the public.