Booker Prize Longlist

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Announcing the longlist for the Man Booker Prize yesterday, the panel of judges declared it the most diverse in the prize’s history. The Booker has been accused of a British bias; seven countries are represented this year  (U.S. are not eligible). Past lists have also  under-repreresnted women (an impetus for the creation of the Women’s Prize for Fiction); 7 of the 13 authors this year are female.

Seven of the titles have been published in the U.S. with one more, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, (RH/Knopf) coming in September (covers above; download our spreadsheet Booker Longlist 2013 Titles Pubbed in US).

The Booker has made long-running U.S. best sellers of many books, including Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

The shortlist will be announced on Sept. 10th and the winner in October.

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