This list of this year's nominations for the Man Booker Prize is out. The judges included Leanne Shapton, Jacqueline Rose, Leo Robson, Val McDermid and Kwame Anthony Appiah.
Anna Burns is an Irish author and her first novel, 'No Bones', had been shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2002.
Esi Edugyan is a Canadian novelist whose novel, 'Half-Blood Blues' (2011) had been nominated for the same prize that year and various other honours too.
Daisy Johnson (27), is the youngest ever author to get nominated for the honourable award. She is the winner of the Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize and several other recognitions in literature.
An American Writer, Kushner is known for her novel 'The Flamethrowers'. She is also a journalist writing widely on contemporary art and has various awards to her name.
Powers' works mainly explore the realm of science. His 'Echo Maker' has won the National Book Award 2006. His name is associated with a long list of awards and nominations and has written over 10 novels already.
A Scottish citizen, Robertson mainly does poetry. His first collection, 'A Painted Field' (1997) won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Scottish First Book of the Year Award.
Praising the authors and their works, philosopher and this year's chair of judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah, said
"All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention. In each of them, the language takes centre stage. And yet in every other respect, they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time. 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. Each one explores the anatomy of pain — among the incarcerated and on a slave plantation, in a society fractured by sectarian violence, and even in the natural world. But there are also in each of them moments of hope."
Launched in 1969, the Man Booker Prize is a distinguished literary award held in the highest esteem all around the world. It is a measure of quality and excellence in the field of English fiction. The panel of judges selected for the judgment is not just limited to authors or critics but are inclusive of journalists, poets, actors and even politicians from around the world who are the best in their respective fields. The prize is an endeavour to promote the activity of reading among people and also to appreciate good stories by awarding the best novel written in the year in the English language. The winner is awarded £50,000, a designer bound copy of their book and a never-before recognition globally. All shortlisted authors are given a cheque of £2,500 each.
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