- The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (India)
- The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Ireland)
- Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (India)
- The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant (UK)
- The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher (UK)
- A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz (Australia)
Most of the books I thought could enter my autumn reading list didn't make it. The other titles were Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold (UK), From A to X by John Berger (UK), The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser (Australia / Sri Lanka), A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (Pakistan), Netherland by Joseph O'Neill (Ireland), The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (India / UK) and Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (UK).
Ugh, great mystery this Booker Prize. I think I'll read Mohammed Hanif's A Case of Exploding Mangoes no matter what and I'll add Steve Toltz to my previous list.
Ahah, Jonathan Jones of The Guardian amusingly found out why Salman Bloody Rushdie didn't make the shortlist. Apparently, he messed up with polenta! This is going to be hilarious... So you know that Mr Rushdie is always trying to be funny in his novels... Well, in The Enchantress of Florence he imagines young Niccolò Machiavelli and his friends improvising a song about polenta (!). Only polenta is made with maize, which is an American crop that was brought to Europe only after Columbus reached the Americas, and the scene is set in the early 1480s! A journalist promised to spice up the book with some curry and eat it if Rushdie didn't win the Booker this year, so take that... Eat some polenta, instead! Read the article here.