August 10, 2017 The Women of Man Booker August 10, 2017/ Laurie Prescott Six women feature on the 13-strong Man Booker Prize longlist and half of them are women of colour. Here's the who and some of the what. Fridlund’s debut is a coming-of-age mystery set on a commune in the American Midwest. Previously nominated Smith is up again for this tale of two chums, tackling friendship and identity. Set in late 2016, Autumn is the first in a seasonal quartet that looks at a country divided by the Brexit result. A courageous retelling of Sophocles’Antigone and a modern exploration of what it means to be Muslim. A previous winner, Roy's second fiction, 20 years on, follows the story of a transgender Indian woman. Mozley’s debut documents a family’s struggle and the depth of bond between father and child.