The shortlist (finalists) has been announced for the Man Booker Prize, generally considered the top fiction prize in the British Commonwealth. The six titles are:
The Children's Book, by A. S. Byatt
Summertime, by J. M. Coetzee
The Quickening Maze, by Adam Foulds
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer
The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
Of the six, the only one presently available in this country is The Little Stranger. The titles by Byatt, Coetzee and Mantel are due out in the United States later this fall. No word on American editions of The Quickening Maze or The Glass Room.
The winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize will be announced October 6. More information here.