The Man Booker Prize shortlist has just been announced. It includes:
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
Due to the internationalization of the Prize, effective this year, Ferris and Fowler become the first Americans to be shortlisted. Flanagan is an Australian and the other three authors are British. Jacobson is the only one of the group that has previously won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question (2010), although Ali Smith was previously shortlisted twice with The Accidental (2005) and Hotel World (2001). The winner of the competition will be announced on October 14.