This years Booker Prize shortlist has been announced – with the six final novelists whittled down from a long list of thirteen.
Peter Carey – Parrot and Olivier in America
Emma Donoghue – Room
Damon Galgut – In A Strange Room
Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question
Andrea Levy – The Long Song
Tom McCarthy – C
Controversially, the high profile Martin Amis and Ian McEwan weren’t nominated, but the selection does represent a diverse mix – from Peter Carey’s comic adventure to Andrea Levy’s historical fiction.
Chair of the judging panel Andrew Motion said:
It’s been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of thirteen to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we’ve chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes – while in every case providing deep individual pleasures.