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7 September 2010

Booker shortlist announced

Tom McCarthy, Andrea Levy and Peter Carey all make the cut.

By Daniel Trilling

This year’s Booker Prize shortlist has been announced. The six novelists up for the literary award, selected from a longlist of 13, are:

Peter Carey – Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)

Emma Donoghue – Room (Picador – Pan Macmillan)

Damon Galgut – In a Strange Room (Atlantic Books)

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Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)

Andrea Levy – The Long Song (Headline Review)

Tom McCarthy – C (Jonathan Cape)

Andrew Motion, chair of the judging panel, commented:

It’s been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of thirteen to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we’ve chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes – while in every case providing deep individual pleasures.

As we noted previously, the longlist excluded both Martin Amis and Ian McEwan, two high-profile British authors who published novels this year. Instead, the judges appear to have gone for a serious but diverse mix – from Peter Carey’s “comic adventure that functions with equal brilliance as a novel of ideas”, in the words of our fiction critic Leo Robson, to Tom McCarthy’s excavations of 20th century European modernism, to Andrea Levy’s innovative historical fiction.