Shortlist for Man Booker Literary Prize Announced
For those more high-minded readers looking for a good book, you now have a concise list.
Earlier today, British publication The Guardian published a list of the 2013 shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, an annual literary prize given to the best original full-length novel by citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland or Zimbabwe.
Along with £50,000 in prize money, the designation awards the winning author with both international renown and healthy book sales.
According to The Guardian, the odds-on favorite to win this year is Jim Crace’s Harvest, a “fable about the enclosure of England’s common lands.” Also present is The Luminaries a historical epic about a gold rush from young New Zeland writer Eleanor Catton, as well as The Testament of Mary, an account of Jesus’ mother and her struggles by Colm Tóibín.
Rounding out the list is the debut novel We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo—an account of a young girl’s journey from the rough streets in Zimbawee to America— Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, about a woman who discovers the diary of a suicidal Tokyo schoolgirl, and The Lowland by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri, which tells the sweeping, emotional tale of two Calcutta-born brothers.
This year’s judging panel will consist of the critic/biographer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, critic Natalie Haynes, author/critic Stuart Kelly and nature writer Robert Macfarlane, who will act as chairman. The official winner will be announced October 15.
Man Booker Shortlist:
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)
Harvest by Jim Crace (Picador)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (Viking)
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