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Female Authors Dominate Man Booker 2013

Man Booker Prize longlist 2013

The 2013 ‘Man Booker dozen’ the 13 novels making this year’s longlist for the Man Booker literary prize has been announced. The 13 books were whittled down from 151 entrants which include three debut novels mixed in with multi-award winning authors including two who were previously shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

This year’s debut novelists are NoViolet Bulawayo (We Need New Names), Eve Harris (The Marrying of Chani Kaufman) and Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart), who go up against the likes of Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) who has a Costa First Novel Award and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize on his mantle and Jim Crace (Harvest) who recently announced his retirement from the writing game. Over his extensive writing career Crace has copped multiple Whitbread Awards, the National Book Critics’ Circle and the E.M. Forster Award among others.

This year’s list is dominated by female writers who top out at eight, toppling the balance of the usually male-dominated list. Additionally, though the list represent a diverse list of nationalities, three of them (Colm Tóibín, Colum McCann and Donal Ryan) hail from Ireland.

Interestingly, at least five of the novels (Unexploded by Alison MacLeod, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris, The Luminaries by Eleanor Canton, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson) made it to the longlist before they made it to bookstores. Publishers are reportedly taking advantage of the buzz to be generated from their nomination for the award to move forward the publication dates.

The Man Booker 2013 shortlist will be announced September 10, 2013 and the winner announced on October 15, 2013.

The Nominees:

Five Star Billionaire Tash Aw (Fourth Estate)
We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton (Granta)
Harvest Jim Crace (Picador)
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman Eve Harris (Sandstone Press)
The Kills Richard House (Picador)
The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
Unexploded Alison MacLeod ( Hamish Hamilton)
TransAtlantic Colum McCann (Bloomsbury)
Almost English Charlotte Mendelson (Mantle)
A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
The Spinning Heart Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
The Testament of Mary Colm Tóibín (Viking)