After a long selection process helmed by British travel writer Robert MacFarlane, the 151 candidates for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction have been narrowed down to 13. While the prestigious £50,000 ($75,000) award is reserved for citizens of Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth, the freshly crafted longlist includes a whopping seven nations—among them, Malaysia and Zimbabwe. It also boasts seven women, three debut novelists, and a film-making Zen-Buddhist priest. Out of all the nominees, only Jim Crace and Colm Tóibín have previously made it this far. A shortlist will be announced on September 10, and the winner on October 15.
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