Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, who does not identify as male or female, among 16 books longlisted for the £30,000 award.
This chilling account of the war in South Sudan gives a voice to those trapped by the brutality.
Tshuma balances this broad retelling of history with the personal narratives of Zamani and his hosts, Abednego and Mama Agnes, through an almost dizzying ability to shift focus from character to character.
The magic reveals itself gradually, and it is deeply entwined with the vivid world Duiker has created. From the beginning, we find out that kids in Phola can understand and talk to the local street dogs.
In 1954 the American psychologist Muzafer Sherif set out to prove that hate was learned with the help of two groups of warring 11-year-olds.
Nature meets London in all its multilayered glory in Forna’s vivid portrait of marginalised people.
This is an exquisite Canadian novel about growing up in a poor immigrant neighbourhood of danger and futile dreams.
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch; Embers of War by Gareth L Powell; The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams; Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin; All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai