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A reader’s quick guide to all 13 novels on the Booker Prize 2020 longlist


Debut novels and women writers dominate the 2020 Booker Prize longlist perhaps signalling a continuation of the shift away from the power of well-established novelists. Not that the 2019 prize broke that mould entirely, for, in a first-for-the-Booker, the prize was shared by a titan, Margaret Atwood forThe Testaments and a much newer writer, Bernadine Evaristo; for Girl, Woman, Other. Still, both winners were women.

Of the 13 writers, nine are women, and eight of the 13 books are debuts. For India, the intersection of women novelists and debutants is particularly significant because a writer of Indian origin, Avni ...


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