Six finalists have emerged from the Man Booker Prize long list, and to no one's surprise Peter Carey is among them. Carey is one of two authors to have won two Bookers (for Oscar and Lucinda and True History of the Kelly Gang) and would probably get a nomination for his grocery lists, if only the Booker judges could get hold of them. He's nominated this time for Parrot and Olivier in America, which Herald reviewer Ellen Kanner called "as big and bold as the country itself."
The other finalists:
Emma Donaghue, Room
Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question
Andrea Levy, The Long Song
Tom McCarthy, C
The winner gets $50,000 and will be announced on Oct. 12.