The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 was announced today. 151 books were submitted for consideration and the final 13 are:Five Star Billionaire: Tash Aw We Need New Names: NoViolet Bulawayo The Luminaries: Eleanor Catton Harvest: Jim Crace The Marrying of Chani Kaufman: Eve Harris The Kills: Richard House The Lowland: Jhumpa Lahiri Unexploded: Alison MacLeod TransAtlantic: Colum McCann Almost English: Charlotte Mendelson A Tale for the Time Being: Ruth Ozeki The Spinning Heart: Donal Ryan The Testament of Mary: Colm Tóibín
As usual, I have so far read none of them but I do have a copy of ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ on my e-reader. Four of the novels on the list have not been published yet which is a bit annoying but I will try and investigate some of the other authors if I can or at least their previous works. As the judges have said, it’s a pretty diverse list with a few established names and a few first-time novelists but then I would expect nothing less from the Booker, of course. ‘The Kills’ by Richard House sounds particularly intriguing.
Predictions for who will be on the shortlist or who will win the overall prize are usually pretty pointless especially as the Booker Prize is awarded to “the best novel in the opinion of the judges” which is impossible to guess. However, I would like to see ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ on the shortlist, mostly because I have heard very good things about it and partly because it is the only novel on the list that I will definitely be able to read over the next few weeks!
The shortlist will be announced on 10th September and the winner will be announced on 15th October. I have already booked my ticket for the Booker Prize Shortlist Readings event at the Southbank Centre on 13th October. I really enjoyed the Women’s Prize for Fiction event in June and hope that this one will be just as good
What do you think of the longlist? Are there any glaring omissions? Do you have any predictions?