York author shortlisted for Man Booker Prize

Paul Beatty the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout.     PA

Paul Beatty the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout. PA

Authors from the United Kingdom and the USA dominated the 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced today, as the only long-listed Indian writer, Arundhati Roy, failed to make the cut.

Former victor Arundhurti Roy does not make list, shortlist includes Paul Auster and George Saunders along with four other authors.

This year's judges, chaired by Baroness Lola Young, announced their shortlist of six titles on Wednesday morning, according to the Guardian.

Fiona Mozley, Emily Fridlund, Ali Smith (top, L-R), Mohsin Hamid, George Saunders and Paul Auster (bottom, L-R). But a host of award-winning writers failed to make the cut, with former victor Arundhati Roy missing out on a place, as did Sebastian Barry and Zadie Smith.

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The judging panel culled several big names from the 13-novel longlist, including Zadie Smith's "Swing Time", Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" and "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" by previous Booker victor Arundhati Roy.

Founded in 1969 and originally open only to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth, the Booker expanded in 2014 to include all English-language authors.

Mozley was picked for her first novel, the story of a man and his children who retreat to live in a copse in Yorkshire's West Riding, Elmet.

British author Ali Smith makes the shortlist for the fourth time with Autumn, while British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid makes his second appearance with Exit West. "Playful, sincere, unsettling, fierce: here is a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary".

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After the announcement, Ladbrokes immediately made Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo the favourite to win the prize at 2/1.

The victor will be announced October 17 during a ceremony in London's medieval Guildhall, after the five judges meet for a final time to reduce their list from six books to one.

United States author Paul Beatty won in 2016 was for his novel "The Sellout".

Speaking at the event, judge and literary critic Lila Azam Zanganeh said, "I really like what they do, they are really trying to push the boundaries of what it means to be a novel and what the novel says about the world as it is today".

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