The 2005 Man Booker Prize Shortlist:
John Banville, The Sea
Julian Barnes, Arthur and George
Sebastian Barry, A Long Long Way
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
Ali Smith, The Accidental
Zadie Smith, On Beauty
The big surprise is of course the exclusion of Ian McEwan. I would have preferred to see James Meek there instead of John Banville, but otherwise it's a pretty solid list.
I'll be reading Ishiguro, Barnes and Z. Smith as soon as possible, then that'll be it for Booker reading this year. I didn't get around to William Wall's This Is The Country, and Rachel Cusk's In the Fold and Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown are not even published in Australia until October. Honestly, I can't be bothered reading these three novels just for the sake of completing the now-irrelevant longlist.
The winner of the Prize is announced on October 10.