Get Your Hands On All The Man Booker Shortlist 2017 Books

With the Man Booker Shortlist 2017 having just been announced, we have rounded up the six incredible novels that have made the cut. Here, in no particular order, are the books that are in the running to win the Man Booker Prize 2017...

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4 3 2 1

Paul Auster

Paul Auster's brilliantly thought-provoking novel follows the many lives of Archibald Isaac Ferguson. From his birth in New Jersey in 1947, we see Ferguson's life head in four different directions. In this fascinating exploration of how one man's life can follow many paths, Auster's most intriguing novel yet is a must-read.

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History of Wolves

Emily Fridlund

14-year-old Linda is desperate to find her place in the world. At school she is bullied and at home she lives in an ex-commune with parents who don't give her the attention she craves. However, all this is about to change when she begins babysitting for the family that have just moved in over the lake. Suddenly Linda finds herself thrown into the middle of a complex and dangerous reality. Emily Fridlund's stunning debut novel will keep you guessing until the end.

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Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

Primarily a love story set across a backdrop of civil war, Mohsin Hamid's fascinating novel follows Nadia and Saeed, two normal people who fall in love, are brought closer together by tragedy and strive to escape from the extreme danger destroying the world around them. A book about love, war and immigration, this incredibly moving and eye-opening novel is a story for our time.

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Elmet

Fiona Mozley

Fiona Mozley's ground-breaking debut novel is a dark and strange insight to an unusual family. Set in the wild landscapes of Yorkshire and focused on Daniel's relationship with his violent father, this shocking and unnerving story weaves social commentary on the family's place in contemporary society into this fiercely Gothic tale.

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Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

This surprisingly humorous novel tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's grief following the death of his 11-year-old son, Willie. Blending the themes of loss and family with fascinating and enthralling fantasy as Willie becomes stuck in the bardo, a transitional realm where monsters try to steal his soul. This brilliant novel, combining real history with sinister supernatural elements, creates an unusual and comedic narrative sure to keep you mesmerised right until the final page.

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Autumn

Ali Smith

This is the first in Ali Smith's ambitious project to write a book for each season. Autumn introduces two remarkable characters, 101 year-old Daniel, and 32 year-old Elisabeth, and their unusual friendship. Set in modern day, in the politically divided United Kingdom, the novel comments on ageing, life and love.

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    Acclaimed author Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1 is his first book in seven years and it's been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

    Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the sole child of Rose and Stanley, is born in Newark, New Jersey on 3 March, 1947. From that beginning, Archibald's life takes four simultaneous and independent paths... All four Fergusons are made of the same genetic material but lead entirely different lives.

    Family fortunes diverge and loves and friendships contrast. The rotating narratives seen evolve into an elaborate combination of each boy's thoughts and life.

    Set against the backdrop of mid-20th century America, this is a compelling, inventive and intricately though-out novel you will not want to put down.
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    Ali Smith
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    Already a Booker Prize-winning author, Ali Smith's Autumn has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

    Taking place in autumn, 2016 it follows the plight of century-old Daniel and Elisabeth, a girl born in 1984, who is starting to ponder her future. The United Kingdom is in pieces and completely divided - hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness - but the seasons continue to roll round.

    Full of acute observations about the way of the world and what it means to be rich and the concept of harvest, this is a contemporary novel that is wide-ranging in timescale and covers the concepts of ageing, time and love.
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    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, Mohsin Hamid's Exit West is a story about two ordinary people - fundamentalist Nadia and Saeed - who attempt to do the extraordinary thing of falling in love in a world turned upside down.

    Although a love story at its heart, this is also book about how we live in modern times and how two humans will negotiate their way through a world in the midst of a crisis. Civil War now engulfs the city Nadia and Saeed call home and they know they will have to leave... but many others have the same idea.

    Will any of them be able to find their place in the world?
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    Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, Emily Fridlund's History of Wolves is a novel that asks 'How far would you go to belong?'

    Linda is a 14-year-old who lives with her parents in an ex-commune beside a lake in Minnesota. She's bullied at school, where she's called 'freak' and 'commie' and her parents often leave her to her own devices. Many of the other residents have left but then a perfect family move into the cabin across the lake and Linda makes sure that they notice her.

    She begins babysitting and feels like she has a place to belong. But something isn't quite right and Linda is drawn into a world of secrets and dire consequences...
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    Tenth of December author George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo is a novel that has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. it focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the death of Willie, his 11-year-old son, at the dawn of the Civil War.

    Newspapers reported that Lincoln often returned to the crypt to hold his boy's body and from this historical template, Saunders has cultivated a story about familial love and loss that takes a supernatural twist: Willie Lincoln is trapped in a transitional realm (known in Tibetan tradition as the bardo) while all sorts of beasts try to take his soul...
    With voices ranging from the living to the dead and the historical to fictional, this humorous novel is completely exhilarating and asks how we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear will - and must - end?
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    Fresh and distinctive writing from an exciting new voice in fiction - Sally Rooney meets Sarah Perry, Elmet is an unforgettable novel about family, as well as a beautiful meditation on landscape. Daniel is heading north. He is looking for someone. The simplicity of his early life with Daddy and Cathy has turned sour and fearful. They lived apart in the house that Daddy built for them with his bare hands. They foraged and hunted. When they were younger, Daniel and Cathy had gone to school. But they were not like the other children then, and they were even less like them now. Sometimes Daddy disappeared, and would return with a rage in his eyes. But when he was at home he was at peace. He told them that the little copse in Elmet was theirs alone. But that wasn't true. Local men, greedy and watchful, began to circle like vultures. All the while, the terrible violence in Daddy grew.Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.