The Man Booker Shortlist has been announced:
- John Banville, The Sea (Someone’s going to be very happy.)
- Julian Barnes, Arthur & George (Julian Barnes: Comeback Kid?)
- Sebastian Barry, A Long Long Way
- Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
- Ali Smith, The Accidental
- Zadie Smith, On Beauty
If there’s any lesson to be learned here, if you’re a British novelist who wants to win the Man Booker, change your last name to Smith.