Malaysian author Tash Aw's novel up for Man Booker prize

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 July, 2013, 3:09am

The latest book by award-winning Malaysian lawyer Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire, is among the books named in the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize.

It offers a rare insight into the booming world of Shanghai business and the main characters are Malaysian-Chinese who go to Shanghai to make money.

The longlist for the prize, one of the English language's top fiction awards, names 13 writers from seven countries.

Selected from 151 titles, it includes authors from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and Ireland.

Two authors, Jim Crace with Harvest and Colm Toibin with The Testament of Mary, have appeared on the award's shortlist previously.

The longlist includes established best-sellers Colum McCann and Jhumpa Lahiri, with their latest novels TransAtlantic and The Lowland, and three debut authors.

The newcomers in the list are Eve Harris with The Marrying of Chani Kaufman, about an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in London; Zimbabwe's NoViolet Bulawayo with We Need New Names, about growing up under President Robert Mugabe; and Irish author Donal Ryan with The Spinning Heart, about the impact of the financial crisis on a small town in Ireland.

Richard House makes the list with The Kills, a political thriller spread over four books.

In total seven women are on the list, the others being Alison MacLeod with Unexploded, Charlotte Mendelson with Almost English, Canadian Ruth Ozeki with A Tale for the Time Being, and New Zealand's Eleanor Catton with The Luminaries.

The judges will meet again in September to decide a shortlist of six books and the winner will be announced at a ceremony on October 15 in London.