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Booker Prize shortlist announced

6th September 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize has been unveiled, with the surprise omission of former winner Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child.

Hollinghurst was many bookmakers' favourite for the GBP 50,000 prize at the start of the day but the 2004 winner was overlooked in favour of two debut novels, among others.

Stephen Kelman's critically acclaimed Pigeon English made the shortlist and the author will be hoping to go one better than in June, when his book was one of three shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize but ultimately lost out to Anjali Joseph's Saraswati Park.

A. D. Miller is another debut author to make the list for her Moscow-set crime novel Snowdrops, while Carol Birch's Jamrach's Menagerie, longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction this year, is another of the six contenders

Thrice-shortlisted Julian Barnes is still in contention for The Sense of An Ending and has become the favourite to win the award after missing out in 1984, 1998 and 2005.

The shortlist is completed by two Canadian authors – Patrick deWitt, for The Sisters Brothers, and Esi Edugyan, for Half Blood Blues, which explores the disappearance of black German jazz musician Hieronymous 'Hiero' Falk during World War II.

The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday October 18th.

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