Man Booker 2013 Shortlist Announced


And the books that made it to the shortlist are:


  • We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
  • The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  • Harvest – Jim Crace
  • The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
  • The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin

The book that I was rather hopelessly gunning for hereThe Kills by Richard House didn’t make the longlist. It sounded like an unusual and somewhat radical choice for the Man Booker and I never seriously thought it would be selected, but I am still somewhat disappointed. Never mind, Booker or no Booker, this book is not leaving my towering Must Read list.

What this means for me, is that I am adding these shortlisted books to my Man Booker reading challenge list. This also means that at the rate I am completing these books (just about 2 a year on average), I will probably never catch up.

And that’s totally fine by me 🙂

So, are you excited about the Man Booker shortlist? After going through a synopsis of these books, I realized A Tale for the Time Being sounds perfect for my Japanese literature reading challenge. So, I am keen on that, and of course I am looking out for The Lowland to be released too. I also realized that The Luminaries has such a lovely cover. I would love to read that book based on the cover alone 🙂

What books have you read or are planning to read? What do you think about these choices? Excited, upset your favorite didn’t get picked, or just generally meh about the Man Booker prize itself?

  • I’ve read one so far but it never made the shortlist – Unexploded – which was enjoyable but not really Booker standard in my humble opinion. I know what you mean about the reading list getting longer – I started with really good intentions last year but keep getting distracted by so many other books.

    • @BookerTalk: Yes, basically I am just in it for the pleasure of reading. I like the Man Bookers for the diversity as well as the quality.

      Not sure how it will be in future if they include American writers in the shortlist. Books by American writers tend to overshadow most lists, and I hope it will not happen with the Booker.

      • I’m disappointed with the Booker decision. Pulitzer prize and National Book Prize are open only to US authors so why the need for Booker to go all inclusive

        • @Booker Talk: I am a little conflicted too. I think the reasoning is to promote the Booker prize in US, and hopefully that translates to more sales for prize-winning books, but I really don’t want the Bookers to get completely slanted towards American publishing.

          This year, I like how smaller authors got selected in the shortlist, and somehow I feel that will not be possible if they include American writing as well.

          Let’s see how it goes…

  • •We Need New Names – I’m interested in reading about the ‘immigrant experience’ side of this novel, so I’ll hopefully get around to this one.
    •The Harvest – Definitely interested in this one, as it’s set in England! 🙂
    •The Lowland – This one has had so much positive press already that I feel like I have to read it.
    •A Tale For The Time Being – I was hooked at ‘Hello Kitty lunchbox’.

    So those are the one’s I’d be interested in reading, but like you I usually only get through about 2 Booker books a year and I still have some from last year sitting on my shelf! Oops. 🙂

  • I have heard only about the ‘The Lowland’. I was often tempted, but not sure if I should take up your booker prize challenge as I don’t have a good history with award winning books

    • @Elizabeth: Booker prize winners can be a little up and down. Even if some of them aren’t the greatest, I always feel I get something new/interesting out of the book.

  • I’m thrilled that the Ozeki book got nominated. It’s not at all my usual kind of book, but as soon as I started reading it I felt like I had found something really special. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    • @Jenny: Oh, you’ve read it already! Need to head over to look at your review…I am very excited about reading it

  • I haven’ t read anything that I thought could make in this list… However, looking forward to lowlands.. and the cover page of The Luminaries is actually very fascinating…

    • @Manjulika: I know that cover is lovely. I don’t know anything about that book but I want to read it 🙂

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