- Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending
- Carol Birch Jamrach's Menagerie
- Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers
- Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues
- Stephen Kelman Pigeon English
- A.D. Miller Snowdrops
The Guardian calls this "A Booker shortlist long on surprises," particularly due to the omission of Alan Hollinghurst (The Stranger's Child).
What do you think of the shortlist? Any surprises?