ORGANISERS behind the prestigious Man Booker Prize have chosen Liverpool to host a special event ahead of the 2016 winner being announced next month. On Thursday 20 October, four of the six shortlisted 2016 Man Booker Prize authors will head to St George’s Hall where they will read extracts of their acclaimed novels, before taking part in a question and answer session with the audience – just five days before the overall winner is announced in London on Tuesday 25 October. Those taking part, and their books, are:
- Paul Beatty, The Sellout – a remarkable satire on race relations in the US, whose narrator ironically initiates the most outrageous action conceivable – reinstating slavery and segregation at a local high school.
- Deborah Levy, Hot Milk – a witty novel which studies the relationship between a mother and daughter, examining female rage and sexuality.
- Graeme Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project – a painfully realistic picture of poverty in a small community in the Scottish Highlands told through documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae.
- Otessa Moshfegh, Eileen – a compelling story of a disturbed young woman working in a boys’ prison, pulled in to crime by a strange new friendship.