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Ozeki, Lahiri & Tóibín Lead Shortlist for 2013 Man Booker Prize

The six-book shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been revealed. NoViolet Bulawayo, Eleanor Catton, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and Colm Tóibín are the contenders. The winner will be announced on 15 October at London’s Guildhall

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (signed copies)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (signed copies)
Harvest by Jim Crace
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (signed copies)
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín (signed copies)

Crace was shortlisted for the Booker in 1997 for Quarantine and Tóibín has been shortlisted twice – The Blackwater Lightship in 1999 and The Master in 2004. Bulawayo is the first Zimbabwean writer to make the shortlist.

My money is on Canada’s Ozeki, a Buddhist priest, and I’m not just saying that because she is from our neck of the woods. A Tale for the Time Being was AbeBooks’ bestselling signed book last month.

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