Toby's Room by Pat Barker
The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Streets by Anthony Quinn
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twang Eng
Merivel by Rose Tremain
Hilary Mantel won the inaugural Walter Scott prize in 2010 with Wolf Hall; since then, the winners have been Andrea Levy's The Long Song and On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry. Of this year's shortlist, all I've read so far is the Anthony Quinn which is very good indeed but to my mind lacks something of the finesse of his earlier book Half of the Human Race (which I wrote about here). On a superficial level, is not the paperback cover for the Rose Tremain very lovely?
The winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in mid-June. Who's your money on?