The bookies favored Tom McCarthy's C - but then again they thought some Scandinavian poet was going to win the Nobel. Instead London author and columnist Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Finkler Question.
The book is "about love, loss and male friendship" and "what it means to be Jewish today," according to the Booker website, and managed to beat the formidable two-time winner Peter Carey' and his Parrot and Olivier in America.
The other shortlisted books: Emma Donoghue's Room, Damon Galgut's In a Strange Room and Andrea Levy's The Long Song.
I've only read Room and would've been thrilled had it won.