This year’s shortlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced:
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Chatto and Windus)
- The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Granta)
- 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)
Of course, I’m delighted that The Luminaries has made it to the shortlist (click on the link above if you’d like to read more about why it is one of my favourite books of the year). More generally, I really like this as a shortlist: there are some interesting books, and it is properly diverse and international.
As to whether I’ll read the shortlist before the winner is announced on 15 October… I might have a go, actually; after all, I’ve read the longest one already, and most of the others are relatively short. I will update the above list with links to any reviews I write. In the meantime, congratulations to all the authors and publishers concerned.