Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2013


In the midst of our travels this past week, the Man Booker Prize Shortlist was announced. As always, Claire McAlpine, has the scoop! Which author would you like to see take home the prize?

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The Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced today and looks like an interesting and diverse offer, with two previous nominees*, four fabulous women writers and stories that will transport us to many far reaches of the world.

One of the judges, Robert Macfarlane had this to say:

‘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 shortlist comprises:


NoViolet BulawayoWe Need New Names                  my review here

Eleanor CattonThe Luminaries

Jim Crace Harvest

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Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

3 thoughts on “Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2013

  1. Thanks for reblogging the good news Patricia and isn’t it great to see 4 women writers on the list. I have only read one, the NoViolet Bulawayo novel, don’t you love that name and I believe it is a pen name, not her real name. It’s certainly memorable.

    My hope for the winner is for Eleanor Catton, her book sounds like a fabulous, enthralling read, structurally fascinating without imposing on the reading experience, a cacophony of alluring characters and a mystery to entice us through the excess of pages. And she just happens to come from NZ too. 🙂 It’s not often we have one on an international list, we need to raise the rooftops! Bonne Dimanche vous deux, presque voisins 🙂

  2. As I expected, Patricia, I have not read any of these books, but last spring, I saw the play of The Testament of Mary on Broadway. You might ask, “How did that happen?” I got free tickets.

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