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Indian-Origin Author Novel ‘Western Lane’ Shortlisted In Booker Prize 2023


The Booker Prize 2023 judging panel has unveiled the final list of six novels, carefully curated from the “Booker dozen” longlist of 13 titles. These novels were selected from a pool of 163 books, published between October of the previous year and September of the current year. The announcement of the prize is scheduled for November 26th.

Chetna Maroo’s “Western Lane”

London-based Indian-origin author Chetna Maroo‘s debut novel, ‘Western Lane,’ has earned a well-deserved place on the prestigious Booker Prize shortlist. The novel tells the poignant story of an 11-year-old British Gujarati girl named Gopi and her profound bonds with her family. At its core, ‘Western Lane’ explores the challenges faced by an immigrant father who endeavors to raise his family as a single parent. What sets this novel apart is its unique use of the sport of squash as a metaphor for complex human emotions, a choice celebrated by the Booker judges.

The Diverse Shortlist

Apart from ‘Western Lane,’ the Booker Prize 2023 shortlist includes a captivating array of works from talented authors around the world:

  • Prophet Song” by Paul Lynch (Ireland): Lynch’s novel promises a literary journey that is sure to captivate readers with its Irish charm and storytelling finesse.
  • The Bee Sting” by Paul Murray (Ireland): Murray’s work hints at a narrative that may leave readers buzzing with anticipation.
  • Study for Obedience” by Sarah Bernstein (Canada): Bernstein’s novel offers an exploration of obedience and its complexities in the modern world.
  • If I Survive You” by Jonathan Escoffery (US): Escoffery’s narrative takes readers on a journey of survival, navigating the intricate facets of life.
  • This Other Eden” by Paul Harding (US): Harding’s work invites readers into an “Eden” that promises to be both familiar and mysterious.

The Global Reach of the Booker Prize: A Celebration of Literary Diversity

The Booker Prize remains open to works of fiction written in English by authors from any corner of the world, as long as the books are published in the UK or Ireland. The diversity within this year’s shortlist is remarkable, encompassing authors of Indian, Jamaican, Canadian, and Irish descent, as well as acclaimed writers who have garnered recognition in various literary circles. The Booker Prize continues to be a platform that celebrates the extraordinary talents and vastly varied styles of writers, engaging readers from all walks of life.

The Booker Prize 2023 Prize Money

The Booker Prize 2023 boasts a substantial prize purse of £50,000, which will be awarded to the winning author of the first-place book. Furthermore, in acknowledgment of their exceptional contributions to contemporary literature, the remaining shortlisted authors will each receive a prize of £2,500.

Key takeaways for competitive examination

  • Chief Executive of the Booker Prize Foundation: Gaby Wood.
  • Winner of the 1997 Booker Prize for the novel “The God of Small Things”: Arundhati Roy.
  • Chair of the judging panel of the Booker Prize 2023: Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan.

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