She has a PhD in medieval studies.
Author George Saunders, who is best-known for his short stories, is an early favorite to win the illustrious fiction prize with his story of the afterlife, "Lincoln in the Bardo". The father-and-son story, which has already secured a film deal, features Abraham Lincoln and is set in 1862 against the background of the American Civil War.
Emily Fridlund's novel History of Wolves tells the story from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl living on a commune in the US midwest, as the judges comment it "a novel of silver prose and disquieting power that asks very hard questions".
Last month, the longlist for the literary award was revealed, which included prominent writers like Kamila Shamsie and Arundhati Roy who were nominated for their works "Home Fire" and "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness", respectively.
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Waterstones fiction buyer Chris White praised the shortlist and said it was "great" to see three debuts in the running.
"By learning to ignore the blurbs", he said.
All six books addressed "an issue of our time, not necessarily in a political fashion...all six are innovative. they are books about the world as it goes on and they are all looking at the world through different lenses to tell us something", said Lila Azam Zanganeh, one of the judges. So I just got on with it'. However, the two writers did not make it to the shortlist.
The judges, headed up by Baroness Lola Young, said at a press conference that "the novels [chosen], each in their own way, challenge and subtly shift our preconceptions - about the nature of love, about the experience of time, about questions of identity and even death".
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Young added that the six books "push against the borders of convention". The traditional Man Booker Prize readings will take place at the Southbank Centre on the eve of the prize, 16 October, hosted by broadcaster and author Gemma Cairney. Then bad luck: you are not on this year's Man Booker shortlist.
The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.
This year's judges, chaired by Baroness Lola Young, announced their shortlist of six titles on Wednesday morning, reported The Guardian.
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