Just announced, the six books that made it to the final shortlist are:
Animal’s People by Indra Sinha
I'm crossing my fingers for Mister Pip although I've read good things about Darkmans and I've previously enjoyed Anne Enright's fiction, so I'll definately pick up The Gathering. I'm surprised to see McEwan on the shortlist and will be rather annoyed if he wins, only because while I enjoyed On Chesil Beach, it's a much slighter effort than either Atonement or Saturday - two books that really did deserve to win the Booker. The winner is announced on October 16th.