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18/10/2013 -

Man Booker winner announced!

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Man Booker Prize Winner 2013

Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel 'The Luminaries' on Tuesday 15 October 2013.

'It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields.  On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes.  A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk.  Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.'

Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2013

The Testament of Mary – Toibin, Colm – ISBN: 9780241962978
We Need New Names NoViolet Bulawayo – ISBN: 9780701188047 
The Luminaries – Catton, Eleanor – ISBN: 9781847084316
Harvest – Crace, Jim – ISBN: 9780330445665 
The Lowland – Lahiri, Jhumpa – ISBN: 9781408828113 
A Tale for the Time Being – Ozeki, Ruth L. – ISBN: 9780857867971

The six books on the list could not be more diverse. There are examples from novelists from New Zealand, England, Canada, Ireland and Zimbabwe – each with its own highly distinctive taste. They range in size from the 832 pages of Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries to the 104-page The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín. The times represented stretch from the biblical Middle East (Tóibín) to contemporary Zimbabwe (NoViolet Bulawayo) by way of 19th-century New Zealand (Catton), 1960s India (Jumpha Lahiri), 18th-century rural England (Crace) and modern Tokyo (Ruth Ozeki). The oldest author on the list, Jim Crace, is 67, the youngest (indeed the youngest ever shortlistee), Eleanor Catton, is 28. Colm Tóibín has written more than 15 books, The Luminaries is only Catton's second. (Man Booker Prize website 11th September 2013)

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2013

'This year's prize judges can breathe out, briefly at least. Faced with scaling a gargantuan mountain of books – a daunting 151 of them – they have reached the first plateau, panting and aching no doubt, and whittled out a longlist for the 2013 prize. The “Man Booker dozen” comprises an eclectic list of 13 novels that will surprise and intrigue in equal measure.
Of the various predictions that have been bandied about as to what might be on the list  none have even got close. This year's judges, yet again, have shown themselves to be independent of fashion. Diverse doesn't quite do the longlist justice: seven different countries are represented on it and there is a strong hand of established authors selected (Tash Aw, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann, Charlotte Mendelson and Colm Tóibín) mixed with first timers. Only Crace and Tóibín have previously appeared on Man Booker shortlists – Crace with Quarantine (1997) and Tóibín with The Blackwater Lightship (1999) and The Master (2004)'. Man Booker Prize website 23rd July 2013

For a full listing of the longlisted titles please visit the official website

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