Chair of judges Robert Macfarlane praises “thirteen outstanding novels” as he announces this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction Longlist…
Waterstones eleven début author Donal Ryan is nominated for his novel The Spinning Heart, alongside fellow countryman Colm Tóibín and authors from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia.
Ryan’s is not the only début to be listed however as both NoViolet Bulawayo‘s We Need New Names and Eve Harris‘s The Marrying of Chani Kaufman mark the first forays into longer fiction for their authors.
Macfarlane explained that the list of novels ranges “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.”
As with the last Costa and Desmond Elliot prize lists, female authors once again dominate with seven of the thirteen nominees being women. The oldest nominee, Jim Crace, will no doubt wish to be at least shortlisted again – as he was in 1997 for Quarantine - whilst Tóibín will hope that this year will be third time lucky for him, after making it to the shortlist stage twice before for The Blackwater Lightship in 1999 and The Master in 2004.
Waterstones Fiction Buyer Chris White said it is a “varied and intriguing list, containing some real crackers of all styles, lengths and subjects” and described Donal Ryan’s inclusion as “another feather in the cap for Waterstones eleven.”
The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 10th September and the ultimate winner on Tuesday 15th October at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall.
The six shortlisted writers receive £2,500 and a specially commissioned, hand-bound edition of their book. The winner will receive a grand prize of £50,000.
The 2013 longlist in full:
Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate)
NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Chatto & Windus)
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries (Granta)
Jim Crace, Harvest (Picador)
Eve Harris, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (Sandstone Press)
Richard House, The Kills (Picador)
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland (Bloomsbury)
Alison MacLeod, Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton)
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic (Bloomsbury)
Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English (Mantle)
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (Canongate)
Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland)
Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary (Viking)
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Dan Lewis, for Waterstones.com/blog