Anchor to publish Man Booker Prize short-listed HARVEST by Jim Crace this week

September 17, 2013
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Anchor Books is moving up the publication of HARVEST by Jim Crace to September 20, 2013, after the book was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Anchor will go to press immediately with the trade paperback edition and advancing the on-sale date to seven months after the original publication. The hardcover was published by Nan A Talese/Doubleday on February 12, 2013 to great acclaim.  HARVEST was previously scheduled to be published in paperback on November 5.  The Man Booker short list was announced September 10; the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on October 15.

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Harvest by Jim Crace: 9780307278975: Vintage; September 20, 2013, Trade Paperback; $15.00

Harvest by Jim Crace: 9780385536905; Nan A Talese; February 12, 2013, eBook; $9.99

Harvest by Jim Crace: 9780385520775; Nan A Talese; February 12, 2013, Hardcover; $24.95

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HARVEST: On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion. One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village's entire way of life. In effortless and tender prose, Jim Crace details the unraveling of a pastoral idyll in the wake of economic progress. His tale is timeless and unsettling, framed by a beautifully evoked world that will linger in your memory long after you finish reading.

JIM CRACE is the author of ten previous novels. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Jim Crace has also received the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England.

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