Two of six Man Booker Prize finalists published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press

Two of six Man Booker Prize finalists published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press

The winners of the past two years, George Saunders in 2017 for his first novel "Lincoln in the Bardo" and Paul Beatty in 2016 for "The Sellout", are both American.

In an interview last month, the author said making the Man Booker long list was "wonderful". The shortlist 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 Americans Rachel Kushner and Richard Powers are shortlisted for "The Mars Room" and "The Overstory", respectively, with Canadian Esi Edugyan completing the set of this year's finalists with "Washington Black".

A pair of debut novels, including one in verse, feature among six "miracles of stylistic invention" shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, judges of the British award announced on Thursday.

Favourites including Canada's Michael Ondaatje didn't make the cut from the 13-novel long list. "In each of them the language takes centre stage".

United Kingdom author Daisy Johnson claims the distinction of being the youngest-ever nominee: the 27-year-old made this list with her debut novel Everything Under, taking the title from 2013 victor Eleanor Catton.

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Burn's Milkman is among six novels published this year that have qualified for the final shortlist as voted for by a six person panel. And yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time.

Two novels from independent publishers, Faber & Faber and Serpent's Tail, are shortlisted, alongside three from Penguin Random House, and one from Pan Macmillan imprint Picador. From Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but which we can all be enriched by getting to know.

Washington Black is also now on the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.

All authors whose works were included in the shortlist, receive checks on 2,5 thousand pounds sterling and the right to reissue the novel-shortlisted in "bukerovskoj" design.

A victor will be announced in London on October 16. The victor will receive a cheque for 50 thousand pounds sterling.

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