Among the 13 authors longlisted for the coveted 2020 Booker Prize for her debut novel Burnt Sugar is Dubai-based Indian-origin author Avni Doshi, along with double booker winner Hilary Mantel for The Mirror and The Sun.
The “Booker Dozen” was announced on Tuesday after jurors assessed 162 novels published between October 2019 and September 2020 in the UK or Ireland, with a shortlist of six to be whittled down by September in preparation for the November 50,000-pound literary prize.
“This completely convincing reading explores a nuanced and uncommon mother-daughter relationship with frank, unflinching realism — sometimes emotionally clenching but often cathartic, written with poignancy and memorability,” the judges said of Doshi ‘s long-listed entry.
Doshi, born in the U.S. and now living in Dubai, has previously spoken about her long road to her first book, which was published as Girl in White Cotton in India last year and is published as Burnt Sugar in the UK this Thursday.
Doshi goes head to head with literary heavyweight Mantel for the prestigious Booker, who is in the running for her final installment in her series set in the England of 16th century King Henry VIII.
“The Mirror and the Light completes a tragic arc in which the police state he built finally brings down Thomas Cromwell [Minister of Henry VII]. The masterful display of subtle dialog and exquisite description by Mantel brings alive the Tudor era, “the judges said, in reference to her novel.
This year’s British and Scottish winners include Gabriel Krauze for Who They Are, Douglas Stuart for Shuggie Bain and Sophie Ward for Love and Other Thought Experiments Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga nominated for third novel in her trilogy — This Mournable Body.