The Booker Prize 2023 has a winner. Here's a summary of the novel and a round-up of the runners-up

Here are summaries of all the books on the Booker Prize 2023 shortlist.

Here are summaries of all the books on the Booker Prize 2023 shortlist. Image: Unsplash/rey_7

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Global risks around water are coming under increasing focus. Image: World Economic Forum

Prophet Song book by Paul Lynch. Booker Prize 2023 winner
Prophet Song is a dystopia about an Ireland tipping into tyranny. Image: Simon & Schuster

Western Lane book by Chetna Maroo.
Chetna Maroo’s novel tells the story of a young squash enthusiast using the game to process grief. Image: Pan Macmillan

A Spell of Good Things book.
A Spell of Good Things is about wealth and power in modern-day Nigeria. Image: Round Table Books


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Pearl: Longlisted for the Booker.
A young girl’s mother goes missing in Pearl by Siân Hughes. Image: The Indigo Press

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