I haven't read anything on this years Man Booker Prize list But I have read Crow Lake, Mary Lawson's esteemed first novel about a family of orphaned children. It was a wonderful bittersweet story and I highly reccomend it.
Her second novel, "The Other Side of the Bridge," has been nominated for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. She is the only Canadian among the authors on the long list for the 2006 Man Booker Prize.
I read a review in Vogue about The Emperor’s Children, it's on my Amazon wish list. I'm going to have lots of reading to pick from when I have finished building and have more time.
Peter Carey for Theft: A Love Story (Faber & Faber). He has written nine novels, including the Man Booker Prize-winning Oscar and Lucinda and The True History of the Kelly Gang
Kiran Desai for The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton). The Indian-born author wrote Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
Robert Edric for Gathering the Water (Doubleday). He was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2002 for Peacetime
Nadine Gordimer for Get a Life (Bloomsbury). The South African received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991
Kate Grenville for The Secret River (Canongate). She won the Orange Prize for The Idea of Perfection
M. J. Hyland for Carry Me Down (Canongate). The Londoner lives and works in Melbourne
Howard Jacobson for Kalooki Nights (Jonathan Cape). The novelist and broadcaster lectured at the University of Sydney for three years before returning to England where he taught English at Selwyn College
James Lasdun for Seven Lies (Jonathan Cape). The Londoner lives in New York and has published collections of poetry and short stories
Mary Lawson for The Other Side of the Bridge (Chatto & Windus). She was born and brought up in a farming community in Ontario and now lives in England with her husband
Jon McGregor for So Many Ways to Begin (Bloomsbury). The Bermudan-born author who lives in Nottingham was the only first-time novelist on the 2002 Man Booker longlist
Hisham Matar for In the Country of Men (Viking). He was born in New York and spent his childhood in Libya and Egypt. He has lived in London since 1986
Claire Messud for The Emperor’s Children (Picador). Her first novel, When the World was Steady, was shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award
David Mitchell for Black Swan Green (Sceptre). He spent several years teaching in Japan and now lives in Ireland with his wife and two children
Naeem Murr for The Perfect Man (William Heinemann). His acclaimed first novel The Boy was published in 1998.
Andrew O’Hagan for Be Near Me (Faber & Faber). He was nominated in 2003 by Granta magazine as one of 20 Best of Young British Novelists
James Robertson for The Testament of Gideon Mack (Hamish Hamilton). His first novel, The Fanatic, was published in 2000.
Edward St Aubyn for Mother’s Milk (Picador). His previous novels include A Clue to the Exit
Barry Unsworth for The Ruby in her Navel (Hamish Hamilton). His Sacred Hunger won the Booker in 1992
Sarah Waters for The Night Watch (Virago). Her first novel, Tipping the Velvet, won the 1999 Betty Trask Award