The Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist in full

Robert MacFarlane and his team of judges have revealed the 13 books longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize - how many have you read?

Robert MacFarlane and his team of judges have announced the thirteen books which have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Here is the list in full:

Tash Aw - Five Star Billionaire (Fourth Estate)

NoViolet Bulawayo - We Need New Names (Chatto & Windus)

Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries (Granta)

Jim Crace - Harvest (Picador)

Eve Harris - The Marrying of Chani Kaufman (Sandstone Press)

Richard House - The Kills (Picador)

Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland (Bloomsbury)

Alison MacLeod - Unexploded (Hamish Hamilton)

Colum McCann - TransAtlantic (Bloomsbury)

Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English (Mantle)

Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time Being (Canongate)

Donal Ryan - The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland)

Colm Tóibín - The Testament of Mary (Viking)

MacFarlane said the selection “range[s] from the traditional to the experimental, from the first century AD to the present day, from 100 pages to 1,000 and from Shanghai to Hendon”. 

Irish writer Colum McCann who has been longlisted for his novel "TransAtlantic". Photograph: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images.

Philip Maughan is a freelance writer in Berlin and a former Assistant Editor at the New Statesman.

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“Minoan pendant”: a new poem by Mark Granier

“Yes – I press my nose / to the pleasantly warm glass – / it’s a copy of one I saw / cased in the cool museum”

Yes – I press my nose
to the pleasantly warm glass –
it’s a copy of one I saw
cased in the cool museum –
gold beaten to honey, a grainy
oval dollop, flanked by two
slim symmetrical bees –

garland for a civilisation’s
rise and collapse, eye-dropped
five thousand years: a flash
of evening sun on a windscreen
or wing mirror – Heraklion’s
scooter-life buzzing and humming –

as I step in to browse, become
mesmerised by the warm
dark eyes of the woman
who gives her spiel and moves
softly and with such grace,
that, after leaving, I hesitate

a moment on the pavement
then re-enter with a question
I know not to ask, but ask
anyway, to hear her voice
soften even more as she smiles
and shakes her hair – no.

Mark Granier is an Irish poet and photographer. He is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Haunt (Salmon).

This article first appeared in the 16 June 2016 issue of the New Statesman, Britain on the brink