Publishing/Writing: Insights, News, Intrigue

07/24/2013

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction


Book Covers of Man Booker Prize Nominees

The post tonight introduces a great fiction novel source. Let’s discover some great international authors and their intriguing storylines and characters.

The Man Booker Prize is awarded each year to the best original full-length English language fiction novel by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. The winner receives 50,000 pounds in prize money — plus is generally assured of international renown and success.

It is a great honor for authors to be considered for the Man Booker Prize, especially if they make the longlist and it is pure ecstasy if they find their way onto the shortlist!

The 13 nominees for 2013 are the most diverse since the Man Booker Prize inception in 1968 – for novel style, length, subject and author and book story location.

The 13 books are:

More on the Man Booker Prize by Mark Brown in The Guardian:

 

Man Booker longlist ‘most diverse’ in prize’s history, say judges

Chair of £50,000 prize says 13 novels on 2013 list range from traditional to experimental and from Shanghai to Hendon

Judges for the 2013 Man Booker prize have drawn up what is “surely the most diverse” longlist in the prize’s history, they say, naming 13 books by authors who are mostly far from being household names.

Only two authors on the list have been nominated for the prize before: Jim Crace is listed for his 11th novel Harvest, 16 years after he was shortlisted for Quarantine; and Colm Tóibín, shortlisted twice before, is in the running for The Testament of Mary, which came out last year.

Robert Macfarlane, this year’s chair of judges, said: “This is surely the most diverse longlist in Man Booker history: wonderfully various in terms of geography, form, length and subject. These 13 outstanding novels range from the traditional to the experimental, from the first century AD to the present day, from 100 pages to 1,000, and from Shanghai to Hendon.”

The 1,000-page book is one of the most intriguing on the list. The Kills, by Richard House – a writer and artist who teaches at the University of Birmingham – could be described as a political thriller but is much more than that, Macfarlane said. Strictly speaking, it is four books in one novel and comes with extra, digitally available film and audio content, although the Booker panel is judging only the words.

Three first-time novelists are on this year’s list. NoViolet Bulawayo, who was born in Zimbabwe a year after it became independent and moved to the US at the age of 18, is on it for We Need New Names, which has been described a “visceral and bittersweet” portrayal of life in a Zimbabwean shantytown called Paradise. Eve Harris, published by the small Highlands publisher Sandstone, is longlisted for her yet-to-be-released book The Marrying of Chani Kaufman, set in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Hendon in London. And Donal Ryan makes the longlist for The Spinning Heart, a novel told from the points of view of 21 people struggling to get by in a rural Irish village.

Ryan is one of three Irish writers on the list, the others being Tóibín and Colum McCann, nominated for TransAtlantic, which spans 150 years.

The other nominated novels which have yet to be released are: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, the youngest writer on the list at 27; The Lowland by Indian-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri; the second world war novel Unexploded by Alison MacLeod; and Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson.

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