Two-time winner Hilary Mantel was tipped to win her third prize this year for The Mirror and the Light – but the author has missed out as The Booker Prize shortlist hailed new writer’s for 2020.
The Booker Prize, the UK’s most prestigious literary award, is open to any novel written in English by an author of any nationality.
Margaret Busby, chair of this year’s judges, said: “The shortlist of six came together unexpectedly, voices and characters resonating with us all even when very different.
“We are delighted to help disseminate these chronicles of creative humanity to a global audience.”
What’s on The 2020 Booker Prize shortlist?
Diane Cook (USA), The New Wilderness (Oneworld Publications)
Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber)
Avni Doshi (USA), Burnt Sugar (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House)
Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia/USA), The Shadow King (Canongate Books)
Douglas Stuart (Scotland/USA), Shuggie Bain (Picador, Pan Macmillan)
Brandon Taylor (USA), Real Life (Originals, Daunt Books Publishing)