The Booker’s Dozen: The 2013 Booker Longlist

July 23, 2013 | 13 books mentioned 6

In a welcome change of pace from the customarily masculine lists of years past, the 2013 Booker Prize longlist is notable because women outnumber men. The thirteen novels on this year’s “Booker Prize dozen” are from an eclectic mix of up-and-comers as well as established heavy hitters. Interestingly, only Colm Tóibín and Jim Crace have previously been featured on Booker longlists. Meanwhile NoViolet Bulawayo, Eleanor Catton, Eve Harris, and Donal Ryan are each making their first appearances. This year’s longlist is among the most diverse ever put out by the Booker judges. In total, seven different countries are represented by the authors of these books.

All the Booker Prize longlisters are below (with excerpts where available):

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6 comments:

  1. Your link for the Richard House novel is incorrect. The novel nominated is also by an author named Richard House, but it is titled The Kills and is over 900 pages long.

  2. Delighted to see the McCann, Ozeki, and Catton on there (I was surprised when The Rehearsal didn’t get a look-in a couple years ago). Looking forward to reading the Ryan, the Crace, and very excited by the look of Richard House (don’t know him at all). What a good list! Literary fiction is alive and well. At the moment I think McCann should win but I might well change my mind when I’ve read a few more of these.

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