This year's shortlist features six writers from across the globe: Canada, Britain, Ireland, New Zealand and Zimbabwe. The winner of the Booker will be named at a ceremony in London on Oct. 15 with a cash prize of £50,000.
Brothers Subhash and Udayan are inseparable as children in Calcutta. As the years pass - as US tanks roll into Vietnam, as riots sweep across India and the Communist movement begins to take root - Udayan's increasingly radical beliefs create aftershocks within his family and across decades of Indian and American history.
A coming-of-age novel about the nature of time. Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home on the Canadian coast. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into a mystery...
At 101 pages, the shortest book on the shortlist, The Testament of Mary presents the mother of Jesus grieving angrily years on from her son's crucifixion. As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened.
"The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton
** This title is not yet available in SCCLD collection.
Catton's historical novel is about the 19th-century New Zealand gold rush. It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune, but is drawn into a series of complex mysteries.