It's that time of year again, and the shortlist for this year's Man Booker Prize has been announced. Hoping to win the award for the third time, is Australian Peter Carey, who was compared by former Poet Laureate, and chair of the judging panel Andrew Motion, to Charles Dickens. Those aiming to follow in the footsteps of last year's winner Hilary Mantel, are:
- Peter Carey - 'Parrot and Oliver in America'
- Emma Donoghue - 'Room'
- Damon Galgut - 'In a Strange Room'
- Howard Jacobson - 'The Finkler Question'
- Andrea Levy - 'The Long Song'
- Tom McCarthy - 'C'
Donoghue is the current favourite at 9-4, closely follwed by Carey at 5-2, with Jacobson the outside bet at 6-1.