Booker Shortlist announced

The Guardian’s CultureVulture foolishly bravely posted their predictions before the short-list was announced.. and have a helping of humble pie as a reward. Both Sebastian Barry and John Banville are still in with a shout for the £50,000 Man Booker prize for their latest novels – John Banville with The Sea and Sebastian Barry for A Long Long Way – but there are plenty of other strong contenders among the short list of 6, from the 17 on the long-list, for the Man Booker Prize. Sinéad gives her reaction over at Sigla Blog. Update The instantpunditrists™ have their money on Sebastian BarryFull short-list –

The Sea by John Banville

Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Accidental by Ali Smith

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

If I had to place a bet now.. I’d probably tip Barnes to win [don’t quote me on that btw]