When the longlist was announced I predicted Arundhati Roy, George Saunders, Moshin Hamid and Colson Whitehead would be shortlisted. Well, I was only half right; Roy and Whitehead were booted. Three Americans made the cut, which will undoubtedly reopen debate about whether the Booker should have expanded beyond Commonwealth writers.
The authors vying for the prestigious prize are:
- 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (USA)
- History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (USA)
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK)
- Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK)
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (USA)
- Autumn by Ali Smith (UK)
The Winner with the announced on 17 October 2017.