Booker shortlist praised, but disappointment over lack of homegrown authors

Booker shortlist praised, but disappointment over lack of homegrown authors

Retailers and literary agents have praised the range of new voices on the Booker Prize shortlist, although some have lamented the high number of US authors and the “baffling” omission of high-profile novelists such as Hilary Mantel. 

The six-book shortlist, revealed yesterday, contains four debuts, three US authors and another two writers who are US residents.

Judges, chaired by Margaret Busby, selected The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Oneworld), Tsitsi Dangarembga's This Mournable Body (Faber), Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Hamish Hamilton), Maaza Mengiste's The Shadow King (Canongate), Do...

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