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    ‘Most Diverse’ Man Booker Longlist Released

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    The committee for the Man Booker Prize, the prestigious British literary award that has been criticized in the past for elitism, is touting “the most diverse longlist” in the prize's history. Seven of the 13 longlisted authors are women, and seven different countries are represented on the list. Eleanor Catton, 27, is the youngest author on the list, with her 832-page novel, The Luminaries. Only two of the nominees—Colm Tóibín and Jim Crace—have been shortlisted before. The winner of the 2013 prize will be announced on October 15.

    The longlist:

    Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire

    NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names

    Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

    Jim Crace, Harvest

    Eve Harris, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman

    Richard House, The Kills

    Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

    Alison MacLeod, Unexploded

    Colum McCann, TransAtlantic

    Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English

    Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

    Donal Ryan, The Spinning Heart 

    Colm Tóibín, The Testament of Mary

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