NOW IN ITS 37TH YEAR, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction is one of the world's most prestigious literary prizes. It is awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland. Last year's winner was The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. The longlist of nominees was announced in August, and September's shortlist narrowed the field to six books. The winner will be announced shortly after we go to press.

The Short List

DARKMANS | NICOLA BARKER: In Ashford, Daniel Beede directs his anger toward his homogenized town and tries to sort out his confused, chaotic relationships.

"It is twisted and braided with an intricacy so delicate you barely notice the links until the whole web engulfs you." STUART KELLY, SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY


THE GATHERING | ANNE ENRIGHT: Veronica Hegarty, a middleaged mother of two, starts to decipher her own sense of self as she comes to terms with a suicide in her large family.

"Its impact is extraordinary, full of its author's inimitable aplomb." PATRICIA CRAIG, THE INDEPENDENT


THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST | MOHSIN HAMID: In a Lahore cafe, a bright, educated Pakistani man explains to an American tourist why he loved, but then after 9/11, hated America.

"Changez's story, which seems to gush from him like blood from a wound, traces the self's shifting sense of itself against the rumblings of a rudely shaken world." CHANDRAHAS CHO UDH URY, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE


MISTER PIP | LLOYD JONES: In 1990s Bougainville, an isolated Pacific island, a young girl comes to terms with the civil war destroying the region when Mr. Watts, an inspirational white teacher, enters her life. (EXCELLENT page 45)

"A brilliantly nuanced examination of the power of imagination, literature and reinvention as the themes of Dickens's Great Expectations are woven into the story of Matilda's loss of innocence. Mister Pip is a powerful and humane novel from one of New Zealand's top writers." CARL WILKINSON, FINANCIAL TIMES


ON CHESIL BEACH | IA N MCEWAN: On their wedding night in July 1962, Edward and Florence Mayhew have very different fears and expectations that have far-reaching consequences for them both. (EXCELLENT Sept/Oct 2007)

"Their bruised pasts and querulous hopes unfold beautifully through the novel, almost destined to collide and then fade into the sorrow of real life."...

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