American heavyweights Paul Auster and George Saunders are to go head to head for this year’s Man Booker prize, as major names from fiction fall by the wayside for two new faces on the 2017 shortlist.
The prize judges, chaired by Baroness Lola Young, announced their shortlist of six titles on Wednesday morning. Alongside Auster and Saunders, the 29-year-old British debut novelist Fiona Mozley has secured a place in the final line-up, as did American first timer Emily Fridlund.
The two debuts are also up against two previously shortlisted authors: Scottish author Ali Smith, who is up for the Booker for a fourth time with her post-Brexit novel Autumn, and UK/Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid’s novel Exit West, in which refugees can use strange black doors to escape to other parts of the world. Hamid was previously shortlisted for his novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist.