Library employee selected for the man Booker

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29-year-old writer who works part-time in a library, York was selected for the man Booker Prize for his debut novel.

Fiona Mozley, the second-youngest author for the prestigious literary prize, has written Elmet while you are travelling between London and York.

Emily Fridlund, another debut novelist, is also for the £ 50,000 prize.

So are fellow Americans Paul Auster and George Saunders, great Britain, Ali Smith, the Pakistan-born Mohsin Hamid.

The book winner will be announced on the 17th of October.

2017 Man Booker Prize pink

Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1 (Faber & Faber)

Emily Fridlund, the Story of the Wolves (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Mohsin Hamid, The Exit To The West (Hamish Hamilton)

Fiona Mozley, Elmet (JM Original)

George Saunders, Lincoln, Bard (Bloomsbury)

Ali Smith, The Fall (Hamish Hamilton)

Mozley, the novel is told from the point of view of Daniel, a boy to remember his life in a house his father built with his bare hands in a block of wood.

The author has said of Woman, Now is the problem of the ownership of the house was on his mind during the writing of his novel, which takes its title from the ancient name for the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Veteran writer Paul Auster was a finalist at the age of 70 years 4 3 2 1, his first novel in seven years.

Analysis by Rebecca Jones, BBC arts correspondent

This is very interesting, pink – a good mix of established literary names, and new entries.

At the top of the shaft of Paul Auster, one of the oldest and most high-profile author. 4 3 2 1 took three-and-a-half years to write, working six-and-a-half days of the week.

Don’t be put off by its 866 pages. It is a richly rewarding and entertaining novel, though it is probably easier to follow in the physical form of a book on an E-reader.

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