Man Booker shortlist revealed

Man Booker shortlist revealed

<p>Christos Tsiolkas and David Mitchell&#39;s much-vaunted Man Booker contenders have missed out on the shortlist, just announced (7th September).</p><p>In the running are twice-winner Peter Carey&#39;s <em>Parrot and Olivier in America</em> (Faber), Emma Donoghue&#39;s <em>Room</em> (Picador), Damon Galgut&#39;s <em>In a Strange Room </em>(Atlantic) and Howard Jacobson&#39;s <em>The Finkler Question</em> (Bloomsbury). The six-strong list is completed by Andrea Levy&#39;s <em>The Long Song</em> (Headline Review) and Tom McCarthy&#39;s <em>C</em> (Jonathan Cape).</p><p>Chair of judges Andrew Motion, said: &quot;It&#39;s been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of 13 to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we&#39;ve chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes&mdash;while in every case providing deep individual pleasures.&rdquo; </p><p>Foyles&#39; Jonathan Ruppin described the omission of <em>The Slap</em>, the bestselling title of the list so far, and Mitchell, as &quot;a real shock&quot;.</p><p>He continued: &quot;The blend of established names and deserving writers makes this year&#39;s shortlist an encouraging snapshot of the quality of contemporary writing and a strong commercial list for bookshops keen to repeat the big sales of recent years,&quot; and predicted Emma Donoghue to take home the &pound;50,000 prize.</p><p>Bookie William Hill has offered odds on the potential winners, with McCarthy&#39;s C as 2/1 favourite. Emma Donoghue is joing second with odds of 3/1, alongside Damon Galgut, with Carey at 5/1, Levy at 7/1 and Jacobson the 8/1 outsider.&nbsp;</p><p>Those from the &quot;Booker dozen&quot; who missed out were Tsiolkas&#39; <em>The Slap</em> (Tuskar Rock); Mitchell&#39;s <em>The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet </em> (Sceptre); Lisa Moore&#39;s <em>February</em> (Chatto); Paul Murray&#39;s <em>Skippy Dies</em> (Hamish Hamilton); Rose Tremain&#39;s <em>Trespass</em> (Chatto); and Alan Warner&#39;s <em>The Stars in the Bright Sky</em> (Jonathan Cape).</p><p>The winner will be announced on 12th October. </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>