Booker Shortlist Announced
What a shock. Salman Rushdie and John Berger did not make the final cut!
Nor did Tom Rob Smith's Child 44, which was a surprise in itself, just by being held up as a possible nominee. Also left aside were Netherland by Joseph O'Neill and books by Gaynor Arnold, Michelle de Kretser, and Mohammed Hanif.
Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies (John Murray)
Linda Grant, The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago)
Philip Hensher, The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)