Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Half of a Yellow SunYou can read more about these titles here. And if it so be your desire, you can watch a video of the judges discussing their experiences.
Rachel Cusk - Arlington Park
Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss
Xiaolu Guo - A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
Jane Harris - The Observations
Anne Tyler - Digging to America
Muriel Gray, chair of judges, described the shortlist as incredibly exciting:
It represents six beautifully crafted pieces of work that are as accessible as they are fascinating. That this outstanding writing should come from such diverse sources that includes five different nationalities, a world famous author, as well as a first-time novelist, is doubly thrilling.Postscript
Some interesting debate on the Guardian blog about who deserves to win (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie seems to be emerging as the favourite) ... and whether there should be a prize for women's fiction alone when there is no equivalent Banana Prize for men!