Man Booker 2018: Daisy Johnson becomes youngest ever author shortlisted for prize

The 27-year-old British author’s debut Everything Under is up for the £50,000 award, while Michael Ondaatje and the first nominated graphic novel are knocked out

The 27-year-old debut novelist Daisy Johnson has landed a place on the Man Booker prize shortlist, making the British author the youngest writer ever to make the final cut for the £50,000 literary award.

Johnson was chosen ahead of bestselling longlisted novels from former winner Michael Ondaatje and the widely acclaimed Irish novelist Sally Rooney. Johnson’s novel Everything Under is about a lexicographer searching for her mother. Judge Val McDermid called it a “modern variation on Sophocles’ Oedipus”, in which “the natural world is evoked with sinister sensitivity”.

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