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Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist announced

Robert Macfarlane and his team of judges have announced the six books on the Man Booker Prize shortlist for 2013.

Ruth Ozeki.
Ruth Ozeki - author of A Tale for the Time Being. Photograph: Getty Images.

Robert Macfarlane and his team of judges have whittled down the Man Booker Prize longlist to produce a surprising list of six books which will now battle it out for the ultimate prize in British fiction. The winner will be announced on 15 October. The list is as follows:

The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton.

We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo.

Harvest - Jim Crace.

The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri.

A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki.

The Testament of Mary - Colm Toibin.

The Man Booker folks even put out a nifty vine.