>The Man Booker Prize Shortlist was announced yesterday. I’m bummed because neither Claire Messud nor Naeem Murr made the list . . .
Desai, Kiran The Inheritance of Loss – Hamish Hamilton
Grenville, Kate The Secret River – Canongate
Hyland, M.J. Carry Me Down – Canongate
Matar, Hisham In the Country of Men – Viking
St Aubyn, Edward Mother’s Milk – Picador
Waters, Sarah The Night Watch – Virago
The winner will be announced in October.
>I’d expected to see Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children on the short list, too, Cliff.