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Man Booker short list announced in Britain

The finalists for Britain’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize ($80,000), were announced yesterday in London by thriller writer Stella Remington, the chairman of the prize jury and a former director-general of Britain’s MI5:

Three-time finalist Julian Barnes is considered the front-runner for his novel “The Sense of an Ending,” which will be released in the United States in January by Knopf.

Carol Birch has published 11 books in England, but her sea-faring adve­ture, “Jamrach’s Menagerie” (Doubleday), is her first novel released in the United States.

Patrick deWitt lives in Oregon but his western thriller, “The Sisters Brothers” (Ecco), is eligible for the Booker because he was born in Canada.

Canadian Esi Edugyan, who has taught creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, does not yet have an American publisher for her novel “Half Blood Blues.”

Stephen Kelman based his first novel, “Pigeon English” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), on the real-life murder of an 11-year-old immigant in London.

A British lawyer in Moscow is the subject of A.D. Miller’s debut novel, “Snowdrops” (Doubleday).

Before the winner is announced on Oct. 18, The Post will run a roundup review of all the finalists.

Man Booker short­ list announced in Britain
The finalists for Britain’s most prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize ($80,000), were announced yesterday in London by thriller writer Stella Rimington, chairman of the prize jury and former director-general of MI5:
Three-time finalist Julian Barnes is considered the front-runner for his novel “The Sense of an Ending,” which will be released in the United States this fall or early next year by Knopf.
Carol Birch has published 11 novels in England, but her seafaring adventure, “Jamrach’s Menagerie” (Doubleday), is the first released in the United States.
Patrick deWitt lives in Oregon, but his western thriller, “The Sisters Brothers” (Ecco), is eligible for the Booker because he was born in Canada.
Canadian Esi Edugyan, who has taught creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, does not yet have an American publisher for her novel “Half Blood Blues.”
Stephen Kelman based his first novel, “Pigeon English” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), on the real-life murder of an 11-year-old immigrant in London.
A British lawyer in Moscow is the subject of A.D. Miller’s debut novel, “Snowdrops” (Doubleday).
Before the winner is announced on Oct. 18, The Post will run a roundup review of all the finalists.
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