The short list for the Booker Prize was announced yesterday.  Six novels were chosen from the long list of thirteen.  Of the six, two are first novels!  Only one was written by a woman.  Unfortunately, I haven’t yet read any of these.  The short list is as follows:

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)

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