2013 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Is Announced

September 10, 2013

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world’s most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.”

“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.”

Of the original 151 books considered in 2013, twelve books made it to the longlist (see our post on the longlist here) which has now been narrowed to six. Robert Macfarlane, chair of this year’s Man Booker Prize judges, called it the most diverse group in recent memory.  Authors on the shortlist are from England, Ireland, Canada, Zimbabwe and New Zealand and range in age from 28, (Eleanor Catton, the youngest author ever to be shortlisted) to 67 – Jim Crace.  The winner will be announced on October 15th. Last year’s winner was Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel.

The Shortlist:

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Darling is only 10 years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo’s belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America.

LuminariesThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (to be released in U.S. on 10/15)
It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields.  On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes.  A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.  Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

The Harvest by Jim Crace
A remote English village wakes on the morning after harvest, looking forward to enjoying a hard-earned day of rest and feasting. But two mysterious columns of smoke mar the sky, raising alarm and suspicion.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
An extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America, that expands the scope and range of one of our most dazzling storytellers: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace–and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín’s provocative, haunting, and indelible portrait of Mary presents her as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.