First, we’d like to congratulate all the people whose books made the long list. But here is the short list that was announced on Tuesday:
- 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)
Now, we’ll be the first to admit that we’ve not actually read any of these. But we’re always interested in what books get short listed for stuff like this. Mostly because its fascinating to see where the critics heads are at.
Here is what the Man Booker prize has to say about their short list selection this year:
The six books on the list could not be more diverse. There are examples from novelists from New Zealand, England, Canada, Ireland and Zimbabwe – each with its own highly distinctive taste. They range in size from the 832 pages of Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries to the 104-page The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín. The times represented stretch from the biblical Middle East (Tóibín) to contemporary Zimbabwe (NoViolet Bulawayo) by way of 19th-century New Zealand (Catton), 1960s India (Jumpha Lahiri), 18th-century rural England (Crace) and modern Tokyo (Ruth Ozeki). The oldest author on the list, Jim Crace, is 67, the youngest (indeed the youngest ever shortlistee), Eleanor Catton, is 28. Colm Tóibín has written more than 15 books, The Luminaries is only Catton’s second.
We don’t know about you, but we’re excited to see who takes home this year’s prize.