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2013 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize was announced today. Leading the way are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. here are the contenders:

TransAtlantic by Colum McCannTash Aw – Five Star Billionaire
Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries
Jim Crace – Harvest
Eve Harris – The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
Richard House – The Kill
Jhumpa Lahiri – The Lowland
Alison MacLeod – Unexploded
Colum McCann – TransAtlantic
Charlotte Mendelson – Almost English
Ruth Ozeki – A Tale for the Time Being
Donal Ryan – The Spinning Heart
Colm Tóibín – The Testament of Mary


The authors longlisted hail from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Ireland. Of the 13, two of the writers have been shortlisted before – Jim Crace in 1997 for Quarantine and while Colm Tóibín twice for The Blackwater Lightship in 1999 and in 2004 with The Master.

Crace is the oldest contender on the longlist at 67 and Eleanor Catton is the youngest aged 27. The shortlist of six will be announced on Tuesday, September 10th and the winner on October 15th.

So far, odds on favorite among the bookies is Eleanor Catton at 6/1, but for my money, I think Jhumpa Lahiri might be a better wager at 10/1.

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