On September 10, 2013 the six finalists for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction were announced. The release of the titles on the shortlist for the most prestigious literary award in Britain marks the beginning of the awards season in publishing when the Booker, National Book Awards and Nobel Prize for Literature are announced.
The shortlist was announced by Robert Macfarlane, at a press conference held at the Man Group’s London headquarters. He commented “Global in its reach, this exceptional shortlist demonstrates the vitality and range of the contemporary novel at its finest. These six superb works of fiction take us from gold-rush New Zealand to revolutionary Calcutta, from modern-day Japan to the Holy Land of the Gospels, and from Zimbabwe to the deep English countryside. World-spanning in their concerns, and ambitious in their techniques, they remind us of the possibilities and power of the novel as a form.”
The six finalists are:
“We Need New Names” by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto & Windus)
“The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton (Granta)
“The Harvest” by Jim Crace (Picador)
“The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri (Bloomsbury)
“A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
“The Testament of Mary” by Colm Tóibín (Penguin)
The winner will be awarded a cash prize of £50,000 or about $80,000.