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The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is considered by many to be the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.

This year features four fresh new faces with debut novels; four Irish writers, making up a third of the longlist for the first time; books that span four continents; and a novel featuring a neurodiverse protagonist, written from personal experience. It doesn't stop there, ten of the authors are recognised by the Booker Prize for the first time, and three of the writers have seven previous nominations between them. 

The 13 books on this year’s longlist – the ‘Booker dozen’ – were chosen by the 2023 judging panel: novelist and twice-shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Esi Edugyan (chair); actor, writer and director, Adjoa Andoh; poet, lecturer, editor and critic, Mary Jean Chan; Professor of English and Comparartive Literature at Columbia University, and Shakespeare specialist, James Shapiro; and actor and writer, Robert Webb. 

The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

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2023 Booker Prize Winner

Prophet Song - Paul Lynch

Ireland is falling apart. The country is in the grip of a government turning towards tyranny and when her husband disappears, Eilish finds herself caught within the nightmare logic of a society that is quickly unravelling. How far will she go to save her family? And what - or who - is she willing to leave behind?Exhilarating, terrifying and propulsive, Prophet Song is a work of breathtaking originality, offering a devastating vision of a country at war and a deeply human portrait of a mother's fight to hold her family together.



Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2023

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The 2022 Booker Prize Winner



The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida: Winner of the Booker Prize 2022 by Shehan Karunatilaka

Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office.

His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira lake and he has no idea who killed him.

At a time where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest.

But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali.

He has seven moons to try and contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to a hidden cache of photos that will rock Sri Lanka. Ten years after his prizewinning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Karunatilaka is back with a rip-roaring epic, full of mordant wit and disturbing truths. 'Fizzes with energy, imagery and ideas against a broad, surreal vision of the Sri Lankan civil wars' The Booker judges'Recalls the mordant wit and surrealism of Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls or Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita ...

Karunatilaka has done artistic justice to a terrible period in his country's history' Guardian'Outstanding... the most significant work of Sri Lankan fiction in a decade.' New European