Nobody who is shortlisted for the Booker Prize really loses. One of the most loved and prestigious prizes in the world, it has a sort of magic to it. And so when you come this far and make it onto the shortlist, there is really only winning. From here on, good stuff happens. The rest is up to you.
Twice every year – once in the middle, and once towards the end of the year – the Booker puts the world in a state to receive: first, 12 books on a longlist, then six on a shortlist, then one winning work of fiction. Every year, this ritual is repeated; regardless of what is going on in the world. And it is a ritual. A simple ritual in which a fairytale is enacted and the world is given a gift.
For some years, we have been fortunate to have as our patron a Queen who reads, who loves reading, and who also champions the right of writers to write freely and unfettered.
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