Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist, 2011.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist, 2011 has been announced. Authors Julian Barnes, Carol Birch, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan, Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller are the six contenders for the award. The list includes two authors who have been listed for the prize in the past as well as two first time novelists.

Julian Barnes has been shortlisted three times previously for this award:
In 2005 for "Arthur and George ",
In 1998 for " England, England ,
and in 1984 for "Flaubert’s Parrot ".

Carol Birch was previously longlisted for this award in 2003 for "Turn again home".

The two first time novelists are Stephen Kellman and A.D. Miller.

The six books selected from the longlist of 13, are:

"The sense of an ending" by Julian Barnes.

"Jamrach’s Menagerie " by Carol Birch.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick De Witt.

"Half Blood Blues" by Esi Edugyan.

"Pigeon English" by Stephen Kelman, a first time novelist.

"Snowdrops" by A.D Miller, a first time novelist.

The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on 18 October, 2011. Who do you think will win?