And the race is on! A very interesting shortlist, notable for Rushdie not making it, but a list that I really want to read in its entirety. I've only read The Northern Clemency so far in manuscript ( the edition that will be available in Canada is the U.S. edition which isn't scheduled to come out until next February - hopefully the shortlisting will move up the pub date - it's very good and is already one of my Dewey picks for spring).
However, the other five books are currently available. The short list is:
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz