Six books to read now: the 2017 Man Booker shortlist reviewed

The winner will be announced on October 17. Here’s what we think of the contenders for the £50,000 literary award

Following a single protagonist down four separate paths, this wide-angled panorama is the author’s greatest novel

A coming-of-age story set in rural Minnesota

A bold thought experiment imagines a world that accepts the inevitability of mass migration

Property and land disputes darken a poetic tale of a family living in the Yorkshire woods

A wondrous portrait of a president haunted by grief

A portrait of a country divided leaves Alex Preston marvelling that writing this good could have come so fast