Booker Shortlist Announced

The finalists for the 2008 Man Booker Prize have been announced. The six contenders are

What’s most unusual about this year’s shortlist is who’s not on it. Salman Rushdie’s longlisted book Enchantress of Florence and John Berger’s From A to X didn’t make the cut; both are previous winners of the Booker. The finalists this year are largely first-timers. It’s anyone’s game.–David E