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British & American Authors Sweep Man Booker Shortlist, Arundhati Roy Misses Out

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On Wednesday, the Man Booker Prize shortlist 2017 was announced, and while numerous UK and US based authors made it to the list, the only long-listed Indian writer Arundhati Roy didn't make it.

The Indian writer, well known for her debut book 'The God of Small Things', for which she also won a 50,000-pound literary award, had made it into the long list for her latest publication 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'.

The book was described as "a rich and vital book" that "comes from the bowels of India" by the judges.

In a head-on battle among foreign authors, the shortlist includes novels by three men and three women exploring unusual and challenging themes.

Paul Auster (US), Emily Fridlund (US), Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistani), Fiona Mozley (UK), George Saunders (US) and Ali Smith (UK) are the six authors who have made the cut for the much coveted prize and a look at the themes explored in each of their novels and their subtle co-relation to the longstanding literary rivalry between the United States and Great Britain hints at how close this fight is.

The judging panel, led by Baroness Lola Young announced the six titles on Wednesday morning saying, "With six unique and intrepid books that collectively push against the borders of convention, this year's shortlist both acknowledge established authors and introduces new voices to the literary stage."

"Playful, sincere, unsettling, fierce: here is a group of novels grown from tradition but also radical and contemporary. The emotional, cultural, political and intellectual range of these books is remarkable, and the ways in which they challenge our thinking is a testament to the power of literature," Young added.

These six finalists will now be pitched against each other for the coveted award to be announced on October 17 at Guildhall.