2020 Booker Prize

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Douglas Stuart, winner of the 2020 Booker Prize

The 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction was announced on 19 November 2020.[1] The Booker longlist of 13 books was announced on 27 July,[2] and was narrowed down to a shortlist of six on 15 September.[3] The Prize was awarded to Douglas Stuart for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain, receiving £50,000.[4] Stuart is the second Scottish author to win the Booker Prize, after it was awarded to James Kelman for How Late It Was, How Late in 1994.[5] The ceremony was hosted by John Wilson at the Roundhouse in Central London, and broadcast by the BBC.[6] As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shortlisted authors and guest speakers appeared virtually from their respective homes.[7]

Judging panel[edit]

Nominees[edit]

  indicates the winner

Shortlist[edit]

Author Title Genre(s) Country Publisher
Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain Novel United Kingdom/United States Picador / Pan Macmillan
Diane Cook The New Wilderness Novel United States Oneworld Publications
Tsitsi Dangarembga This Mournable Body Novel Zimbabwe Faber & Faber
Avni Doshi Burnt Sugar Novel United States Hamish Hamilton / Penguin Random House
Maaza Mengiste The Shadow King Novel Ethiopia / United States Canongate Books
Brandon Taylor Real Life Novel United States Originals / Daunt Books Publishing

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Longlist[edit]

Author Title Genre(s) Country Publisher
Diane Cook The New Wilderness Novel United States Oneworld Publications
Tsitsi Dangarembga This Mournable Body Novel Zimbabwe Faber & Faber
Avni Doshi Burnt Sugar Novel United States Hamish Hamilton / Penguin Random House
Gabriel Krauze Who They Was Novel United Kingdom 4th Estate HarperCollins
Hilary Mantel The Mirror and the Light Novel United Kingdom 4th Estate HarperCollins
Colum McCann Apeirogon Novel Ireland / United States Bloomsbury Publishing
Maaza Mengiste The Shadow King Novel Ethiopia / United States Canongate Books
Kiley Reid Such a Fun Age Novel United States Bloomsbury Circus / Bloomsbury Publishing
Brandon Taylor Real Life Novel United States Originals / Daunt Books Publishing
Anne Tyler Redhead by the Side of the Road Novel United States Chatto & Windus / Vintage
Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain Novel United Kingdom/United States Picador Pan Macmillan
Sophie Ward Love and Other Thought Experiments Novel United Kingdom Corsair, Little, Brown
C Pam Zhang How Much of These Hills Is Gold Novel United States Virago, Little, Brown

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alter, Alexandra (19 November 2020). "Douglas Stuart Wins Booker Prize for 'Shuggie Bain'". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Booker Prize 2020: Hilary Mantel makes longlist". BBC News. 27 July 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Booker Prize 2020: Four debuts make shortlist as Hilary Mantel misses out". BBC News. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  4. ^ Flood, Alison (19 November 2020). "Douglas Stuart wins Booker prize for debut Shuggie Bain". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  5. ^ Duffy, Judith (15 November 2020). "Douglas Stuart's Shuggie Bain could be second Scottish book to win Booker prize". The National. Retrieved 19 November 2020.
  6. ^ "The 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction Winner Ceremony". thebookerprizes.com. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  7. ^ Marsden, Stevie (20 November 2020). "Booker Prize – masterful Scottish working-class story Shuggie Bain wins in most diverse year yet". The Conversation. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  8. ^ The 2020 Shortlist The Booker Prize
  9. ^ The 2020 Longlist The Booker Prize