The 2013 Man Booker Shortlist has been announced.
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)
The 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 (Penguin)
The shortlisted novels are very diverse, with the authors hailing from New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and Zimbabwe, and ranging from the 832 pages of The Luminaries
to the 104 pages of The Testament of Mary.
Settings include biblical Middle East (Tóibín) to contemporary Zimbabwe (Bulawayo), 19th century New Zealand (Catton), 1960’s India (Lahiri), 18th century rural England (Crace) and modern Tokyo (Ozeki). The oldest author on the list is Jim Crace, aged 67, and the youngest is Eleanor Catton, who is 28. Catton is also the youngest ever Man Booker shortlistee! (www.themanbookerprize.com