And they are :
- The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
- Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
- Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
- The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
- Umbrella by Will Self
- Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Chair of the judges, Peter Stothard, commented : “After re-reading an extraordinary longlist of twelve, it was the pure power of prose that settled most debates. We loved the shock of language shown in so many different ways and were exhilarated by the vigour and vividly defined values in the six books that we chose.”
The other judges are Dinah Birch, Amanda Foreman, Dan Stevens and Bharat Tandon.
The winner of the prize will be announced on Tuesday 16 October 2012.
My choice is Bring Up the Bodies, the much anticipated sequel to the magnificent Wolf Hall which won Hilary Mantel the Man Booker prize in 2009. If we were going by cover picture only, I’d be behind The Lighthouse though! Or Narcopolis!
You can read about the longlisted books here.