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The six books on the Man Booker short list:

  1. The Garden of Evening Mists, by Tan Twan Eng
  2. Swimming Home, by Deborah Levy
  3. Bring up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel
  4. The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore
  5. Umbrella, by Will Self
  6. Narcopolis, Jeet Thayil

The 2012 shortlist includes two debut novels, three small independent publishers, two former shortlisted authors and one previous winner. Of the six writers, three are men and three are women; four are British, one Indian and one Malaysian.

The winner will be announced 16 October.