Howard Jacobson, a columnist for The Independent, Ali Smith and Neel Mukherjee lead the pack for British authors, while US authors Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler and Australia’s Richard Flanagan complete the list.
The shortlist only features two US authors despite fears that American behemoths would “take over” the Man Booker after the award was opened up to all novels written in the English language last year.
Neel Mukherjee appears on the shortlist for the first time with his 528 page saga The Lives of Others, set in Calcutta in the Sixties.
Man Booker Prize 2014 shortlist
Joshua Ferris (US) - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking)
Richard Flanagan (Australian) - The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto & Windus)
Karen Joy Fowler (US) - We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Serpent's Tail)
Howard Jacobson (British) - J (Jonathan Cape)
Neel Mukherjee (British) - The Lives of Others (Chatto & Windus)
Ali Smith (British) - How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton)
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