They announced the 2012 Booker Shortlist today:

  • Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy
  • Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
  • The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore
  • Umbrella, by Will Self
  • Narcopolis, by Jeet Thayil
  • The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng

Only one of the three longlisters I read made this list — Swimming Home (my review here) — and it happens to be the only one of the three that I thought should be shortlisted.

Don’t forget that many former members of the official Man Booker Prize forum have relocated to the unofficial Man Booker Prize forum at my fairly new place: Please join us in discussing the shortlisted books and the shortlist in general. Right now folks are very split on whether Swimming Home is any good (I may be spinning that a bit; perhaps many more people there think it is no good, but I’m hoping those of us who liked it are putting up a good fight).

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