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Shortlisted authors, from left, Jhumpa Lahiri, Eleanor Catton, Colm Toibin, NoViolet Bulawayo and Ruth Ozeki pose with their books during a photocall for the shortlisted authors of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.  The media presentation of short listed authors is a tradition ahead of the the winner of the 50,000 pounds (US$80,000) prize being announced on Tuesday, Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Shortlisted authors, from left, Jhumpa Lahiri, Eleanor Catton, Colm Toibin, NoViolet Bulawayo and Ruth Ozeki pose with their books during a photocall for the shortlisted authors of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. The media presentation of short listed authors is a tradition ahead of the the winner of the 50,000 pounds (US$80,000) prize being announced on Tuesday, Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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(AP) Britain's Jim Crace and New Zealand's Eleanor Catton are favorites to win Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for fiction, from six contenders who include the first female African finalist and a Zen Buddhist priest.


Bookmakers say Crace's village parable "Harvest" and Catton's gold-rush saga "The Luminaries" lead betting for the 50,000 pound ($80,000) award, followed by Colm Toibin's Bible-inspired "The Testament of Mary."


The other finalists are "The Lowland," by Jhumpa Lahiri; shantytown-set story "We Need New Names" by Zimbabwe's NoViolet Bulawayo; and Pacific-crossing tale "A Tale for the Time Being" by Canada's Ruth Ozeki, who is also a Buddhist priest.


The winner will be announced at London's medieval Guildhall on Tuesday.


The prize is officially named the Man Booker Prize after its sponsor, financial services firm Man Group PLC.


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