Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist Announced

I loved every Man Booker Prize winning novel I've read: The White Tiger, Life of Pi, Midnight's Children,The English Patient.

And I always thought I had read more of them then I actually have.

I have also enjoyed the movies based on Man Booker Prize winning novels: Life of Pi (also available in Blu-ray), The English Patient, Schindler's List, The Remains of the Day.

I get a little thrill when I pick out a title and it has that sticker proclaiming it as a Man Booker Prize Winner - then I just know it will be good!

The shortlist of nominations for the Man Booker Prize 2013 was announced on Tuesday, providing more good choices to help fill out my list of nominations/winners read.  The Man Booker Prize was first established in 1969 and, according to their website, "aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland."  Checkout their website archive for the titles of previous years winners and our Man Booker Prize Winners Booklist from our Booklists by Topic for titles available here at Denver Public Library.

The Man Booker Prize 2013 Shortlist of nominations are:

So, who do you think should win this year's award?

Written by ShellyB on September 13, 2013


CathyJ on September 13, 2013


I enjoy listening to The Guardian Books Podcast which, at this time of year, is often wholly or partially devoted to analyzing Booker nominees. I love the passionate discussion, analysis and advocating that goes on! That, more than anything else, makes me want to read EVERY title on the list. One down, six to go!

Anonymous on September 17, 2013


Have you read that they are considering opening up the Man Booker to Americans next year? There is quite a surrounding kerfuffle brewing!

ShellyB on September 17, 2013


I agree, I want to read all of them! I had not seen anything about opening the Prize to Americans - very interesting... What American authors would you have nominated for this year's Prize?

Nancy on September 28, 2013


I'm an over achiever when it comes to the Booker books - I've read all but 2 and loved most of them. My 2 cents: This year's shortlist is great. And the library has all but one of them (Eleanor Catton is on order). I'd love to see The Testament of Mary win - it's beautifully written and challenging on many levels. I don't think it will, though. We Need New Names is a fresh spin on a traditional coming of age story, in which the characters voices ring true. The Harvest is dark, creepy and depressing - but so well written, I can't shake the creepy feeling when I think of the book. So far, the Lowlands is compelling (but that's based on just the first chapter).
Thanks CathyJ for mentioning the Guardian Books podcast. I've never listened to it, but am looking forward to it.

NancyB on October 15, 2013


Good thing we have The Luminaries on order. Given the excellent quality of the rest of the short list, I can't wait to read it.

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