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Man Booker shortlist revealed
September 10, 2013
for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013 has been revealed.
are: NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names (Chatto), Eleanor Catton's
The Luminaries (Granta), Jim Crace's Harvest (Picador), Jhumpa Lahiri's
The Lowland (Bloomsbury), Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being
(Canongate) and Colm Toibin's The Testament of Mary (Viking).
for all six shortlisted novels on We Love This Book.
have previously been shortlisted: Jim Crace in 1997 for Quarantine,
and Colm Tóibín for The Blackwater Lightship in 1999
and in 2004 with The Master. Catton, who will be 28 by the date
of the winner announcement, is the youngest on the shortlist.
Chair of judges
Robert Macfarlane told this morning's press conference: "We
looked for books that sought to extend the power and possibility
of the form. THis is in keeping with the history of the novel. We
wanted novel novels." He added: "The judging process has
been more UN than Dodge City. Our tools were evidence, advocacy
Waterstones spokesperson, commented: "With a multicultural
shortlist dominated by women I think the bookies [who have backed
Jim Crace's Harvest] may be wrong this time. It’s five years
since the last ‘surprise’ winner – The White Tiger
– and I think this shortlist gives the judges a lot of options.
The question of 'what is a novel?' is raised again with Colm Toibin’s
The Testament of Mary – at 101 pages it makes Julian Barnes’
160 page The Sense of an Ending look, if not like War and Peace,
then at least Crime and Punishment.
an impossibly tough year to call, but I will be placing a small
bet on Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being: I think it
shares some of the spirit of Life of Pi that was such a memorable
winner in 2002, and I think it might be time for another surprise."
web editor at Foyles, said: “I genuinely think – everybody
always says it is a diverse shortlist - but I think it is genuinely
true this year. There are a lot of commercial titles in it, I think
there is something in this shortlist for everybody. There is no
Hilary Mantel to take away all of the headlines, but if anyone other
than Jim Crace or Eleanor Catton wins it, I will be absolutely staggered.
Those are two outstanding novels that would have been a contender
for any year of the Man Booker.”
fiction previewer Cathy Rentzenbrink commented that it was a "very
exciting" shortlist, saying: "Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries
and Jim Crace's Harvest seem to be very clearly fancied, and considered
particularly exceptional. I'd also say that Nao, a character who
features in Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being, is the most
compelling character I've come across all year."
authors all win £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their
book, while the winner of the Man Booker Prize-to be announced on
15th October-will receive a further £50,000.
panel comprises chair Robert Macfarlane, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst,
Natalie Haynes, Martha Kearney and Stuart Kelly.
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