Man Booker 2018: Daisy Johnson becomes youngest ever author shortlisted for prize

Angelo Anderson
October 17, 2018

Novels need better editing and often "there is a thinner one wanting to get out", according to the jurors of this year's Man Booker prize.

Fellow American author Rachel Kushner spent time inside a USA prison to produce "a heartbreaking exploration of lives at the margins of society" in her shortlisted work "The Mars Room".

"These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure", said Appiah.

Among them, Anna burns ("Milk"), Daisy Johnson ("Everything on the bottom"), Rachel Kushner ("the Room of Mars"), Richard powers ("the Last story"), Robin Robertson ("Long frame") and Thou, Eugen ("Black Washington").

Others chosen for the Man Booker short list include two first novels: United Kingdom poet Robin Robertson's verse novel "The Long Take" and "Everything Under" by British writer Daisy Johnson.

This year's jury includes philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val McDermid, cultural critic Leo Robson, feminist writer and critic Jacqueline Rose and Canadian artist and writer Leanne Shapton.

Works chosen this year encompass slavery, imprisonment, sectarian violence, and the acute dependence of humans on the natural and its coming catastrophe.


She added: "This is a genre-defying novel".

Since writing "The Mars Room" Kushner has been using her platform to push a message of prison reform, telling the Financial Times there is "no redemption" in the current system.

Edugyan is a Canadian author.

The Long Take by Scottish author Robin Robertson tells the story of a World War II veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.

That shortlisted book is The Overstory by Richard Powers, a 500-word "eco-epic" about the wonder of trees, taking in everything from faith, love, photography, game code and the culture of ancient China. The 2018 victor will be announced on October 16 at London's Guildhall at a gala dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the cultural world.

In 2013, aged 28, New Zealander Eleanor Catton was previously the youngest victor of the £50,000 prize for her novel The Luminaries.

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