Man Booker Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlisted novels are:

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

Luckily for the integrity of the prize, Rushdie's deplorable novel, The Enchantress of Florence is not included in the shortlist. Unfortunately, though, neither is Netherland, a post-modernist masterpiece some were expecting to make a strong push for the win.

My vote is still on The White Tiger, but I just got Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture the other day and that looks like a very intriguing book.


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