The shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. Robert Macfarlane, the chair of the judging committee, called this year's group of finalists “unmistakably the most diverse in Man Booker Prize history.” The six novels, by authors spanning five different continents, are We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, Harvest by Jim Crace, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, and The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. The winner of the British Commonwealth’s most prestigious literary prize will be announced on October 15th.
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