Nigerian, Chigozie Obioma, Makes Man Booker Fiction Prize

A book by Nigeria’s Chigozie Obioma has made the six-novel shortlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Obioma’s The Fishermen was selected by the panel of judges alongside A Brief History of Seven Killings by Jamaica’s Marlon James, Satin Island by Britain’s Tom McCarthy and The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota, also from Britain.

The other novels on the list are A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, both from the U.S.

The contenders for the prize, whose winner will be announced in October, were made by a five-person panel headed by Michael Wood, narrowing down the field from 13 books that had been on the long list.

“Only on rare occasions does celebration come so closely aligned with regret,” Wood said in a statement. “The regret of what we left out was tempered by the enormous excitement we have in presenting the six books on the shortlist.”

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