We are over the moon at the news that Esi Edugyan's incredible novel, Washington Black, has been chosen for the 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist.

Washington Black tells the epic story of a young slave who escapes his plantation and travels the world in search of a place to call home. Along the way he develops a deep interest in marine biology, deep diving for a rare octopus and eventually coming to London to establish the world’s first aquarium.

Chair of Judges Kwame Anthony Appiah said: 'All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention. In each of them the language takes centre stage. And yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time. From Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but whichwe can all be enriched by getting to know. Each one explores the anatomy of pain—among the incarcerated and on a slave plantation, in a society fractured by sectarian violence, and even in the natural world. But there are also in each of them moments of hope.’

Also on the shortlist are Anna Burns' Milkman, Daisy Johnson's Everything Under, Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room, Richard Powers's The Overstory and Robin Robertson's The Long Take.

The winner will be announced on 15th October when we will have everything it's physically possibly to cross crossed.

Buy your copy at Waterstones or Hive or find it in your local bookshop

Read the first chapter of Washington Black

Read a Q&A with Esi Edugyan