For those of you with money on The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, this news will be unpleasant. The Man Booker shortlist has been announced, and David Mitchell’s novel doesn’t make an appearance. Here are the final contenders:
Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey
Room, by Emma Donoghue
In a Strange Room, by Damon Galgut
The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson
The Long Song, by Andrea Levy
C, by Tom McCarthy
The winner will be announced October 12th.