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2013 Man Booker Prize Longlist

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The 2013 longlist for the Man Booker Prize has been announced – click on each book’s title for more information:
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw, the author of the unforgettable The Harmony Silk Factory. 
We Need New Names by Noviolet Bulawayo, an exciting new voice from Zimbabwe. Watch a short trailer featuring the author.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – This hefty murder mystery is a bit like a more complex version of The Colour by Rose Tremain.
Harvest by Jim Crace – A story of a way of life lost forever. Read a great review.
The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris – A debut novel about life in London’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.
The Kills by Richard House – An experimental four-part story of crime and conspiracy.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake.
Unexploded by Alison MacLeod – This novel explores the idea of people living fully during a time of war.
TransAtlantic by Colum McCann – The new novel from the winner of the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. 
Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson tells the story of Hungarian exiles longing for home. Watch a very brief video featuring the author.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki  – A story about the ways in which reading and writing connect two people who will never meet.  Watch a very evocative book trailer for this title.
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan – A beautiful story of contemporary Ireland, following the lives of 21 Irish villagers during the recession. 
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín is small in size but powerful in impact. Read an interesting review from The Guardian.

Which one of these titles are you looking most forward to reading and what are your predictions for the shortlist? anna@thereadingroom.com