Man Booker Prize Eligible 2013
Here we go again...another year, another list of novels eligible for this year's Man Booker Prize.

Please do not add a book unless you are fairly sure it will be eligible according to the official rules. (See: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/ente...) This means any full-length novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland with a print edition scheduled for publication between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.

The official longlist will be announced on July 23rd, the shortlist on September 10th, and the winner on October 15th.


Other years:

Not The Booker Prize 2010
Man Booker Prize Eligible 2011
Man Booker Prize Eligible 2012
Man Booker Prize Eligible 2014

1 Life After Life
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2 The Ocean at the End of the...
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3 The Rosie Project
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4 TransAtlantic
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5 The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormo...
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6 How to Get Filthy Rich in R...
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7 The Spinning Heart
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8 Harvest
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9 Burial Rites
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10 Dominion
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11 Americanah
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12 The Luminaries
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13 The Childhood of Jesus
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14 A Tale for the Time Being
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15 The Testament of Mary
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16 The Universe Versus Alex Woods
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17 The Lowland
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18 The Shining Girls
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19 The Last Runaway
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20 Ghana Must Go
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21 Orkney
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22 MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilog...
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23 Blood & Beauty: The Borgias
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24 Questions of Travel
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25 Red Sky in Morning
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26 Golden Boy
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27 The Secret Knowledge
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28 A Delicate Truth
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29 París
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30 The Daughters of Mars
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31 Instructions for a Heatwave
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32 Unexploded
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33 The Last Banquet
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34 The Hired Man
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35 Five Star Billionaire
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36 Apple Tree Yard
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37 Last Friends (Old Filth, #3)
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37 The Humans
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39 How Should a Person Be?
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39 The Woman Upstairs
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41 The Machine
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42 Perfect
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43 The Aftermath
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44 All the Birds, Singing
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45 We Need New Names
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46 The Fields
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47 Exodus
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48 The Crane Wife
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49 She Rises
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50 Emperor of Thorns (The Brok...
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51 Fallen Land
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52 First Novel
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52 Petite Mort
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54 Meeting the English
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55 An Exquisite Sense of What ...
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55 The Kills (The Kills, #1-4)
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57 The Shock of the Fall
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58 The Blind Man's Garden
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59 Queen's Gambit
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60 Almost English
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61 Red or Dead
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62 The Memory of Lost Senses
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63 Solo: A James Bond Novel
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64 Amity & Sorrow
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64 The Human Script
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66 The Adjacent
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67 Carnival
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67 Finches of Mars
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69 Expo 58
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70 Entertaining Strangers
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70 The Skull and the Nightingale
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72 The Sunshine Years
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73 The City of Devi
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74 That Deadman Dance
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75 Constance
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76 The Explorer
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76 Heartbreak Hotel
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76 Clever Girl
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79 Secrecy
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80 This Is the Way: A Novel
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81 The Professor of Truth
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81 The Professor of Poetry
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83 The Trade Secret
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84 The Gamal
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85 Shall We Gather at the River
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86 The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
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87 The Guts
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88 Cooking With Bones
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88 Motherland
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90 Mr Lynch's Holiday
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91 The Night Rainbow
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91 Burnt Island
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93 The First Book Of Calamity ...
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94 This House is Haunted
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95 The Engagement
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96 Light Shining In The Forest
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97 Bitter Greens
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98 This Magnificent Desolation
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99 The Hive
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100 The Deaths
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I am ashamed to say I have not read one blessed line....I will watch this list to see which rises to the top, who votes for what, and so on. Expect it will be very helpful for this slow reader.


message 2: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Nothing to be ashamed of, Thom, most of them haven't been published yet. It's more of a handy guide to what's coming out this year - a kind of literary one-stop shopping list!


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Phillip wrote: "Nothing to be ashamed of, Thom, most of them haven't been published yet. It's more of a handy guide to what's coming out this year - a kind of literary one-stop shopping list!"

Typically, my wife buys all short-listed novels in trade soft-cover. Selectively, we read them aloud to each other, but we fall years behind.


message 4: by Ben (new)

Ben As always, Phillip, thank you for your dilligent work in putting these great lists together year after year!


message 5: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Thanks Ben, it's my pleasure.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Should the untitled Margaret Atwood be on the list? I'm looking forward to it, and I think it's expected in 2014. Is it due out earlier than that?


message 7: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Well, yes, unless the Bloomsbury website is being over-optimistic - they have Maddaddam scheduled for August: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/maddadda...


message 9: by Laff (new)

Laff Thanks again Phillip for setting this up and I look forward to getting through as many as possible, but is Origins of Love by Kishwar Desai eligible? Wasn't it first published in 2012?

Laff


message 10: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Hi Laff - yes, you're right, I must have been looking at the paperback publication date.


message 11: by Ben (new)

Ben What I don't understand.... how can books that are published as late as Sept 30th be eligible, when the longlist is announced on July 23rd, and the shortlist on Sept 10th?


message 12: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Because the judges sometimes get proof copies well in advance of publication. The rules say that "Proofs of any book published after 1 April 2013 should be submitted to Four Colman Getty the moment they become available, followed up by finished copies. Final texts must be submitted by 1 July 2013. The Literary Director of the prize in consultation with the Chair of the Judges reserves the right to reject any substantially revised proof or finished copy received after that date."


message 13: by Ben (new)

Ben Ah! Makes sense! Thanks!


message 14: by Laff (new)

Laff Hi Phillip

Origins of Love by Kishwar Desai should have been removed but it's still on the list.

Laff


message 15: by Phillip (last edited Apr 11, 2013 06:53PM) (new)

Phillip Edwards Hi Laff, I can't remove it because someone else has voted for it.
Hopefully someone who does have that power will deal with it next time they look at this page.


message 16: by Laff (new)

Laff Hi Phillip

Sorry! I thought you had set the list up.

Laff


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'll take a shot at nabbing it.


message 18: by Laff (new)

Laff Susanna wrote: "I'll take a shot at nabbing it."
Did you get it?


message 19: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Thanks Susanna!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Laff wrote: "Susanna wrote: "I'll take a shot at nabbing it."
Did you get it?"


Looks like it to me...


message 21: by Laff (new)

Laff Susanna wrote: "Laff wrote: "Susanna wrote: "I'll take a shot at nabbing it."
Did you get it?"

Looks like it to me..."


Thanks!


message 22: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards "I have never read so much historical fiction in my life" says Man Booker Judge Natalie Haynes. "We've been sent thrillers, love stories, family sagas, war novels, spy novels, detective novels and sequels" and "a lot of quirky child narrators..." http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-ent...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Nice article.


message 24: by Antonomasia (last edited Jun 10, 2013 12:22PM) (new)

Antonomasia I've been curious about the potential effects of publisher mergers on the Booker.

The rules say: UK publishers may enter up to two full-length novels, with scheduled publication dates for print editions between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013. In addition, any title by an author who has previously been shortlisted for or won the Booker or Man Booker Prize may be submitted...

Each publisher may also submit, by 1 April 2013, a list of up to five further titles. These should each be accompanied by a justification for the submission of not more than 250 words written and signed by the author’s editor. The judges will be required to call in no fewer than eight and no more than 12 of these titles.


It sounds as though this means 2-7 nominations per publisher.
Does this mean that proportionally more works from smaller presses will be long- and short-listed as the big houses continue to merge?
And that authors published by the major publishers have less chance of nomination because they have to compete more in-house?

I haven't found any articles which comment on this.

Publishers don't usually seem to say which books they have nominated (do they?) but Patrick Flannery's Fallen Land has been described as "One of Atlantic's entries for the Man Booker Prize 2013". This was on a forum and the Guardian bookshop.


message 25: by Phillip (last edited Jun 10, 2013 07:26PM) (new)

Phillip Edwards I think it does mean that authors whose publishers specialize in literary fiction are less likely to get entered. (Although publishers can ask for up to five more books to be considered, of which the judges are "required to call in no fewer than eight and no more than 12".)

Before it was closed down there was usually some debate every year on the official forum about which books Jonathan Cape might submit, for example. (There is an alternative forum now at mookseandgripes.myfreeforum.org by the way.)

Publishers don't usually reveal which books they enter, but there's nothing to stop them - other than upsetting the authors they haven't entered!

To be honest, I'm not always sure which publishers are merely 'imprints' of a larger publishing house, or whether those imprints can submit separately, so I don't know what effect any mergers may have.


message 26: by Antonomasia (new)

Antonomasia Thanks. Didn't realise imprints may still get separate consideration.

I found that forum a couple of days ago via Google; it had the quotation about the Patrick Flanery book.


message 27: by Antonomasia (last edited Jun 13, 2013 05:47PM) (new)

Antonomasia Removed: The Adoption by Anne Berry as it was first published in the UK in June 2012.
Spiritus Mundi Book I: The Novel &
Spiritus Mundi Book II The Romance by Robert Sheppard - an American author who has also lived in China, who was spamming.


message 28: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Thanks Antonomasia.


message 29: by Antonomasia (last edited Jun 25, 2013 10:40AM) (new)

Antonomasia There hardly seems to be any speculation chat on GR itself (yet). It's been years since I paid close attention to the Booker or read much recent fiction, but in the last few weeks I've been getting quite into it.
I've only finished 4 eligible books so far; the Mohsin Hamid was the best.

Anyone else?


message 30: by Laff (new)

Laff Forgive me, but what does 'GR' mean? I really loved The Spinning Heart and Transatlantic.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads GR=GoodReads.


message 32: by Laff (new)

Laff Thank you. Still relatively new to this......


message 33: by Ktornbjerg (new)

Ktornbjerg I live in Denmark, so the books are still far away from publication here. Am heading to London in a few weeks though, so will surely bring back a healthy dose of books.

I have been trying to read up on some of the above titles, however, and so far, the only ones I am really sure will be on the longlist are Coetzee and Adichi. Coetzee has lots of Booker love, even if "The Childhood of Jesus" seems to confuse readers and critics alike. And Adichi's book seems to be gathering a lot of buzz. It doesn't hurt that she has been longlisted before either.

Kate Atkinson and Mohsin Hamid will probably be longlisted as well.

From there on I am rather undecided.


message 34: by Sam (new)

Sam Leopold My top twelve.....

AMERICANAH
HARVEST
BLOOD AND BEAUTY
THE BLIND MANS GARDEN
LIFE AFTER LIFE
GHANA MUST GO
TESTAMENT OF MARY
THE SPINNING HEART
HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA
ALL THE BIRDS SINGING
QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL
TRANSATLANTIC



LEOPOLD


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why not vote on the list? (If they're not on it, it's easy to add books to lists; at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.")


message 36: by Alan (new)

Alan Okay, no time to read anything else before the long-list is announced. I'll stick my neck out and say that Life After Life, How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia and Transatlantic all deserve a place on that list, and Coetzee will probably be there too although I loathed The Childhood of Jesus. Dark horses? Ghana Must Go or Orkney although the latter I didn't enjoy too much either.


message 37: by Laff (new)

Laff I agree with the three you have nominated but would love to see The Spinning Heart, Harvest and All the Birds Singing there as well.


message 38: by Antonomasia (last edited Jul 23, 2013 04:47AM) (new)

Antonomasia The longlist is up: https://twitter.com/ManBookerPrize/st...

Can't say I'm terribly excited by this selection of books but hopefully a lot of people will enjoy it.
And The Spinning Heart is on, which a few of us on this thread will be pleased about.

ETA: I've added the listing to the awards section on all the book profiles - and added a couple of the books to GR as they weren't already on here (The Kills & The Marrying of Chaim Kaufman). You can see them all here: http://www.goodreads.com/award/show/1... if you scroll down past the 80s & 70s winners.


message 39: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Edwards Thanks Antonomasia. I've added the five(!) that weren't already on the list, and now, sitting damply in this library miles from home, I will shunt them up onto page one. Then I'm not going to be online much thanks to the blue screen of death I get when I switch on my computer at home... :¬(


message 40: by Antonomasia (last edited Jul 23, 2013 08:56AM) (new)

Antonomasia That gives plenty of time to read doorstops like The Kills & The Luminaries at least :/

ETA In case anyone's interested, book 1 of The Kills (which has 4 books) is currently available free in return for a tweet: http://www.panmacmillan.com/thekills/...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That Twitter link isn't working for me. I don't know if this is because I don't tweet, or not.


message 42: by Antonomasia (last edited Jul 23, 2013 10:16AM) (new)

Antonomasia I used an account I'd only tweeted once or twice from. Perhaps it's just valid in the UK.

Did you click the bit in the popup window that says "pay with a tweet"? It should then either ask you to log in to Twitter or show the link it will tweet if you're already signed in.

The longlist has been posted in a new list here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/4...


message 43: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jul 23, 2013 11:03AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't tweet.

I don't use a cellphone, actually.

Thanks for the list link, though!


message 44: by msleighm (last edited Aug 01, 2013 07:38AM) (new)

msleighm The link for the long list didn't work for me, so I'm reposting here for anyone who is interested...
http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news...

after news should be /longlist-2013-announced
maybe it's just me.


message 46: by Laff (new)

Laff Not much of a discussion so far.......maybe that says it all. I've read two - Harvest was brilliant, WNWN was nowhere near good enough to reach the short list (or even the long list!)
I will read the rest and hope to be pleasantly surprised, but the omission of Spinning Heart or TransAtalantic is disappointing.


message 47: by msleighm (new)

msleighm I'm really looking forward to reading TransAtlantic and The Luminaries. The Testament of Mary, is one of those books I just feel like I should read.


message 48: by Laff (new)

Laff That's exactly how I feel.


message 49: by Anu (new)

Anu Lal A cup of hot tea and an arm chair. That's all I need, and that is, imperative as it is,is the most important three things in the world. Oops, did I mention, the book? ;)


message 50: by Anu (new)

Anu Lal It is so hard to judge from these books. Very hard, indeed.


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