On the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize are:
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
J by Howard Jacobson
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
How to be both by Ali Smith
Having read only two of the longlisted titles, I'm not in much of a position to comment, but on the basis of those two I do think it's a poor show that Niall Williams' History of the Rain has missed the cut. See yesterday's post for more on that.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday, 14th. October.