There were thirteen, and now six remain – as of today, we know which books are still in contention for 2017’s Man Booker Prize. The Man Booker Prize Shortlist cut out 7 (still great!) books, so here’s a guide to what’s left, and a breakdown that will help you decide which to read first.
For full synopses and fun facts, check out our Offical Guide to the Longlist, an in-depth dive into the original 13 contenders – they all deserve to be read.
*Stay tuned for our coverage of the winner, which will be announced on October 17. We’ll keep you posted.
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4 3 2 1, Paul Auster
Brief Synopsis: On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. A boy grows up – again and again, and again.
Read if you like… long, ambitious stories that take a bit of commitment but leave you feeling the excitement at the reward of having experienced it.