Booker Shortlist

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.

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