Oxford Alumnus becomes youngest nominee for Man Booker Prize

Chad Hipolito  The Canadian Press Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan

The shortlist for the Man Booker announced Thursday includes two first novels: United Kingdom poet Robin Robertson's verse novel "The Long Take" and "Everything Under" by British writer Daisy Johnson.

Fellow longlisted Irish authors Donal Ryan and Sally Rooney did not make the shortlist for their books From A Low and Quiet Sea and Normal People, his fourth and her second novel respectively. Kushner's novel The Mars Room takes on gender, class and the American dream in a story of poverty and incarceration, while the National Book Award-winning Powers is nominated for The Overstory, about nine strangers trying to save a continent's last few virgin acres of virgin forest.

Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of judges, said, "All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention".

"These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure". "In each of them the language takes centre stage".

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.

Johnson's Everything Under tells the tale of a girl living on a canal boat, mixing memory and "personal mythologies" as she looks back to her youth and examines language.

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Rachel Kushner spent time in United States prisons to research The Mars Room, a gritty tale told from the perspective of a former lap-dancer serving two life sentences in an American women's jail. Edugyan is a Canadian author.

Scottish poet Robin Robertson's debut The Long Take is written in verse about a D-Day veteran with PTSD.

"Occasionally we felt that inside the book we read, was a better one - sometimes a thinner one - wildly signalling to be let out", Appiah said.

A long read doesn't always make for a great novel, the Man Booker Prize judges have said, as they pleaded for editors to cut verbose works of fiction down to size.

The victor will be announced in the Guildhall, London, on the 16 October on the BBC, during an annual dinner in honour of the nominees.

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