The 2013 Man Booker Prize Longlist Is Announced

July 23, 2013

“The Man Booker prize aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. To maintain the consistent excellence of the Man Booker Prize, judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including critics, writers and academics, but also poets, politicians and actors, all with a passion for quality fiction.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and, like all the shortlisted authors, a cheque for £2,500 and a designer bound copy of their book. Fulfilling one of the objectives of the prize – to encourage the widest possible readership for the best in literary fiction – the winner and the shortlisted authors now enjoy a dramatic increase in book sales worldwide.” (Man Booker Prize website)

The dozen books on this year’s longlist:
(click on the bold titles to put a hold on the book in the LION catalog. You’ll need your library card barcode.)

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton  (due for U.S. release in October)
Harvest by Jim Crace
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris (due for U.S. release in September)
The Kills by Richard House (not available yet)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
Unexploded by Alison MacLeod (not available yet)
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann
Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson (not available yet)
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (not available yet)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín