Booker Prize 2022 in the selected list with the oldest author

British author Alan Garner has become the oldest writer to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

arner, who was born in Cheshire and raised in Alderley Edge, will celebrate his 88th birthday on awards night next month and has been shortlisted with his book Treacle Walker.

The writer, known for his children’s fantasy and retelling of British folk tales, has previously said that Treacle Walker took “almost exactly eight years” from the original idea to the book. Finally, an allegory tells the story of a rebellious boy. an “unlikely friendship with a mysterious, wandering healer”.


Alan Garner was shortlisted for Treacle Walker, photo by David Heke.

After his book was shortlisted for the prestigious literary prize, he said: “Age itself is irrelevant. However, as with all skills, apprenticeships must be served, through practice and experience”.

Also featuring on this year’s six-strong shortlist is Claire Keegan’s Little Things Like This, which, at 116 pages, is the shortest book by number of pages in the award’s history.

The shortest winner was Offshore in 1979, a 132-page title by Penelope Fitzgerald, and organizers also added that Treacle Walker was shorter in words.

Keegan, who was raised on a farm in Ireland, published his first collection of short stories, Antarctica, in 1999 and it won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature.

Her other acclaimed works include Foster and Walk The Blue Fields.

The shortlisted authors represent five countries and four continents, with an equal division of men and women.


NoViolet Bulawayo made the shortlist with her novel Glory(c) NyeLynTho.

Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo, born Elizabeth Zandile Tshele, was shortlisted for a second time, having previously been shortlisted for her debut book, We Need New Names, in 2013 .

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This year, her political satire, Glory, is gaining recognition and the author spoke to Booker’s official website previously, when asked about writing a novel set in the animal kingdom. and based on recent events in Zimbabwe: “Animals have given me distance from a public drama that often plays out and changes shape as I write it (a work of non-fiction first) , and that gets so much attention that understandably makes me feel like I’m in an odd competition with different commentators. “

She added: “I must say that the absurdity of Zimbabwean politics also makes the choice relevant, certainly the terms of reference of my frustrated compatriot on social media suggest as well. that and influenced some of my choices.”

Also on the shortlist, chosen by a jury chaired by cultural historian, writer and broadcaster Neil MacGregor, is American author Percival Everett for The Trees, described as a hybrid. “a horrifying murder mystery with a strong condemnation of racism and police violence”.

In 2020, Everett was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for the novel The Phone.


Sri Lankan author, Shehan Karunatilaka, made the list with her second novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida.

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka made the shortlist with his second novel, The Seven Moons Of Maali Almeida, a “pulsating epic” that is a “stinging, stinging humorous satire set in a confusing setting. the murderous mess of a Sri Lanka besieged by civil war”.

He told the book’s Booker website: “I started thinking about it in 2009, after our civil war was over, when there was a heated debate about how many civilians died and the error whose.

“A ghost story where the dead can give their perspective seemed like an odd enough idea to pursue, but I didn’t have the guts to write about the present, so I went back 20 years. , about the dark days of 1989.

Former lawyer-turned-author Elizabeth Strout made the shortlist with her novel Oh William!, which saw her return to heroine Lucy Barton in a tale of “love, loss, and love.” cool and family secrets can flare up and confuse us at any moment.”

American Strout will be familiar to audiences everywhere, having written the screenplay for Olive Kitteridge in 2008, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was also adapted into an award-winning television series. Frances McDormand in the lead role.


Percival Everett, The Trees by Percival Everett among six shortlisted titles for the Booker Prize, Credit by Nacho Goberna

Jury President MacGregor said of the 2022 shortlist: “These six books that we believe speak to the power of what matters.

“Set in different places at different times, it all revolves around events that to some extent happen everywhere, and interest us all. Every article in English proves that there are countless English, how many different worlds, real and virtual, that exist in that seemingly simple space, the Anglosphere.

“Two – Oh, William! and Treacle Walker – about the inner life, as a young man and a middle-aged woman, in their particular ways, come to a new understanding of who they are and what they can become Fort.

“The remaining four books deal with the nation’s long histories of cruelty and injustice, in Sri Lanka and Ireland, Zimbabwe and the United States, and in each case, the lingering historical tensions that bring to the dilemmas in which the characters, like their society, have to face the rack.”

He added: “Why did we choose these six? In each work, the author uses language not only to tell us what to expect, but also to create a world in which we, outsiders, can enter and live – not not just by using local words or dialects.

“NoViolet Bulawayo’s allusative repetitions draw us all into a Zimbabwean community of memory and expectation, just as Alan Garner’s shamanic oblivion evokes a realm that only exists reason is never accessible.

“Percival Everett and Shehan Karunatilaka spin illusory verbal webs of Gothic horror — and humor — that cannot be further removed from the psychedelic, hypnotic clarity of Claire Keegan and Elizabeth Strout’s prose .

“Most importantly, they all affirm the importance and power of finding and sharing the truth.”

The winner will be revealed on October 17 at the Roundhouse – in person for the first time since 2019 – and will receive £50,000.

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