These are the books on the coveted Booker Prize 2019 shortlist

These are the books on the coveted Booker Prize 2019 shortlist
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Attention all bookworms: The field of contenders for the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction just shrank from 13 to six.

For more than 50 years, the Booker Prize has recognized outstanding fiction in the English-speaking world and is considered one of the top literary awards. Each year, a panel of judges selects one novel as the year’s best fiction work written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

This year’s longlist of 13 books was announced in July. “If you only read one book this year, make a leap. Read all 13 of these,” said founder and director of Hay Festival Peter Florence, who also serves as the chair of this year’s jury. “There are Nobel candidates and debutants on this list.”

The shortlist was announced Tuesday, leaving six authors and their books in the running for the 2019 Booker Prize of £50,000 or roughly $60,325.

The winner for 2019 award will be announced on October 14.

Here’s the list of the authors who made the 2019 Booker Prize’s longlist along with their books. The short-list authors have asterisks.

*Margaret Atwood (Canada), “The Testaments” (Vintage, Chatto <><><><><><><><><><><><><><>& Windus)/ppKevin Barry (Ireland), “Night Boat to Tangier” (Canongate Books)/ppOyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria), “My Sister, The Serial Killer” (Atlantic Books)/ppstrong*/strongLucy Ellmann (USA/UK), “Ducks, Newburyport” (Galley Beggar Press)/ppstrong*/strongBernardine Evaristo (UK), “Girl, Woman, Other” (Hamish Hamilton)/ppJohn Lanchester (UK), “The Wall” (Faber <><><><><><><><><><> Faber)/ppDeborah Levy (UK), “The Man Who Saw Everything” (Hamish Hamilton)/ppValeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy), “Lost Children Archive” (4th Estate)/ppstrong*/strongChigozie Obioma (Nigeria), “An Orchestra of Minorities” (Little Brown)/ppMax Porter (UK), “Lanny” (Faber <><><><><><><><><><><> Faber)/ppstrong*/strongSalman Rushdie (UK/India), “Quichotte” (Jonathan Cape)/ppstrong*/strongElif Shafak (UK/Turkey), “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World” (Viking)/ppJeanette Winterson (UK), “Frankissstein” (Jonathan Cape)/p