Forty years after they missed a chance to win the Booker Prize, six writers (four of them dead) have a chance to make literary history.
The AP reports that the finalists have been named for the so-called "Lost Booker" (the Booker used to honor works published the previous year, but in 1971, it switched to honoring books published that year...so all the 1970 contenders were left out).
Patrick White, The Vivisector
J.G. Farrell, Troubles
Mary Renault, Fire From Heaven
Nina Bawden, The Birds on the Trees
Shirley Hazzard, The Bay of Noon
Muriel Spark, The Driver's Seat
Only Bawden and Hazzard are still alive, but the AP reports that all of the books are still in print. The winner will be announced May 19.