A thirteen-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 has been announced, mixing established authors such as Jim Crace and Colm Toibín with some newer faces.
"Harvest" by Jim Crace sees urban and rural values clash. Photo: AFP
Should Eleanor Catton, Eve Harris or Donal Ryan make it through to the September 10 shortlist and be declared winner come October 15, it would be the first time that a debutant has done so since 2008's Aravind Adiga with "The White Tiger."
Both Crace and Tóibín have been previously nominated, Tóibín twice, and Crace recently underlined his intention to retire from writing, which would make "Harvest" his last novel. He had won the Whitbread Book Award -- now the Costa Book Award -- with "Quarantine" in 1997.
Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up The Bodies" was the previous winner in 2012.
It also won out at the Costa Book Awards and Specsavers National Book Awards.
The Man Booker Prize offers a £50,000 sum to its winner, and selects from authors who are citizens of the UK, Republic of Ireland, or Commonwealth countries.
The Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist
"Five Star Billionaire" by Tash Aw
"We Need New Names" by NoViolet Bulawayo
"The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton
"Harvest" by Jim Crace
"The Marrying of Chani Kaufman" by Eve Harris
"The Kills" by Richard House
"The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri
"Unexploded" by Alison MacLeod
"TransAtlantic" by Colum McCann
"Almost English" by Charlotte Mendelson
"A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki
"The Spinning Heart" by Donal Ryan
"The Testament of Mary" by Colm Tóibín