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Women Make Up Over Half of the Nominees for the 2013 Man Booker Prize

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by Kerensa Cadenas
September 12, 2013 1:15 PM
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Jhumpa Lahiri - 2013 Man Booker Prize nominee
Jhumpa Lahiri - 2013 Man Booker Prize nominee

The Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, announced their shortlist earlier this week. Of the 6 nominated, 4 women and 2 men make up the list.

Judges for the award have acknowledged this year's list of nominees as one of the most diverse in the history of the award. The authors nominated live across the world with their books echoing that same global range--drawing from settings in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and New Zealand. 

Robert Macfarlane, chair of the judges this year, commented on the range of this year's nominees.

It is most instantly striking for its global range. This is a shortlist which shows the English language novel to be a form of world literature. It crosses continents, it joins countries and span centuries. It is an exceptionally international and exceptionally varied shortlist. What connects them is connection. They are all about ways of connecting: technological, familial, emotional and in one case elemental. There are also inevitably about connections in reverse: loss, grief, separation, exile and dispossession. In some ways, these novels are all about the strange ways in which people are brought together and the painful ways in which they are held apart.

The winner of The Man Booker will be announced on October 15th and will receive a 50,000 pound prize (equivalent to about $78,000).

Here are the women writers nominated, you can find the full list of nominees here.

We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

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2 Comments

  • Marian | September 12, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    "The authors nominated live across the world with their books echoing that same global range--drawing from settings in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia." Hang on a minute, Melissa! Eleanor Catton's from *New Zealand* not Australia and her novel, The Luminaries, is set on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. New Zealand is as different from Australia as the US is from Canada, Ireland from England etc! And we (I) care deeply about that difference. AND, won't it be a great day when the Oscar Best Director list has this proportion of women and this diversity among them!

  • Kerensa | September 12, 2013 6:45 PM

    Thanks so much for the catch Marian! Sorry about the mistake, we've made sure to fix it.

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