Man Booker Prize shortlist 2018

Read our critics’ reviews of this year’s award contenders

A soldier travelling from New York to California attempts to banish postwar guilt in a cinematic narrative that blends fiction and poetry

A teenager learns the art of self-preservation against the sinister backdrop of the Troubles

The atrocities of life for a young slave on a plantation are leavened with a steampunk escapade in this epic new novel

A new take on the Oedipus myth is one of a wave of Ancient Greek tales reworked to put women centre stage

A novel about prison life revels in the characters fighting against a system designed to smother individuality

Humanity’s encroachment on nature is explored in a work that draws on the literary greats