Booker 2019: Shortlist dominated by stories of, and by, women

The Straits Times looks at the six books on the shortlist and speaks to two of their authors.
The Straits Times looks at the six books on the shortlist and speaks to two of their authors.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - From the last 10 minutes and 38 seconds of a Turkish sex worker's life to a 1,000-page-long sentence about the inner thoughts of an Ohio housewife, the stories of women long and short dominate this year's Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist.

It is the second year in a row that women have outnumbered men in the running for the prestigious £50,000 (S$85,000) award, formerly the Man Booker Prize until it changed sponsors earlier this year from Man Group to charitable foundation Crankstart.

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