I was so buried in work that I somehow managed to miss the announcement of the Booker short list on Thursday. Howard Davies, the chair of the judges (and a dead ringer for Richard Armstrong, the Carnegie director), has a blog in which he talks about the shortlist process.
So what made the cut?
Ian McEwan On Chesil Beach (England)
Nicola Barker Darkmans (England) 840 pages
Mohsin Hamed The Reluctant Fundamentalist (America)
Lloyd Jones Mr. Pip (Australia)
Anne Enright The Gathering (Ireland)
Indra Sinha Animal's People (India)
No time to read all 6 before the winner is announced on Oct. 15? You can read The Short List Digested by John Crace, reviewer for The Guardian. And if you like an occasional flutter you can read what odds the bookies are offering on the 6 finalists.
What do the bookmakers say?