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NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names on 2013 Man Booker Prize Longlist

We Need New NamesAlert! Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo has made the prestigious 2013 Man Booker Prize longlist for her debut novel, When Need New Names, and is in the running to win the £50,000 prize.

The list of 13 titles, being called “surely the most diverse” one in the Prize’s history, was announced today, vying for British attention as news of the newborn royal baby spreads. In light of this, the Man Booker Prize gave the longlisted authors the royal treatment:

Seven different countries are represented on this year’s longlist, but Bulawayo, winner of the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, is the only African nominee. Unlike last year, when Andre Brink’s Philida and Cape Town-based Tan Twan Eng’s The Garden of Evening Mists made the longlist, there are no South Africans among this year’s crop.

Bulawayo is joined on the list by fellow first-time authors Eleanor Catton, Eve Harris and Donal Ryan, as well as previous Man Booker Prize shortlistees, Colm Tóibín and Jim Crace.

The 2012 Man Booker Prize was won by Hilary Mantel for Bring Up the Bodies. This year’s shortlist will be revealed in September and on 15 October the winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced.

The complete longlist:

Congratulations to Bulawayo and all the other longlisted authors!

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Read the Man Booker Prize press release:

This year’s prize judges can breathe out, briefly at least. Faced with scaling a gargantuan mountain of books – a daunting 151 of them – they have reached the first plateau, panting and aching no doubt, and whittled out a longlist for the 2013 prize. The “Man Booker dozen” comprises an eclectic list of 13 novels that will surprise and intrigue in equal measure.

Of the various predictions that have been bandied about as to what might be on the list none have even got close. This year’s judges, yet again, have shown themselves to be independent of fashion. Diverse doesn’t quite do the longlist justice: seven different countries are represented on it and there is a strong hand of established authors selected (Tash Aw, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann, Charlotte Mendelson and Colm Tóibín) mixed with first timers. Only Crace and Tóibín have previously appeared on Man Booker shortlists – Crace with Quarantine (1997) and Tóibín with The Blackwater Lightship (1999) and The Master (2004).

Mark Brown wrote about the diversity of this year’s list for The Guardian:

Judges for the 2013 Man Booker prize have drawn up what is “surely the most diverse” longlist in the prize’s history, they say, naming 13 books by authors who are mostly far from being household names.

Only two authors on the list have been nominated for the prize before: Jim Crace is listed for his 11th and probably his last novel Harvest, 16 years after he was shortlisted for Quarantine; and Colm Tóibín, shortlisted twice before, is in the running for The Testament of Mary, which came out last year.

Jon Stock gave a summary of each of the longlisted authors and their titles in The Telegraph:

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker prize for fiction, announced today, has a diverse and international flavour, with authors from Malaysia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Three Irish writers have been selected, including Colum McCann, Donal Ryan and Colm Toibin, whose novels have been shortlisted twice before. The bestknown of the four British authors is Jim Crace, 67, who has announced that his shortlisted novel, Harvest, will be his last.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    July 23rd, 2013 @13:34 #
     
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    Marvellous news, congrats NoViolet!

    The picture announcing the longlist is completely hilarious.

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  • <a href="http://www.moxyland.com" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    July 23rd, 2013 @19:40 #
     
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    This is so great! Congratulations.

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  • <a href="http://henriettaroseinnes.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Henrietta</a>
    Henrietta
    July 24th, 2013 @09:03 #
     
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    Many congratulations NoViolet, fantastic news

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