The shortlists for Whitbread Book Awards have been announced. For the novel, the nominees are:
There’s also a first novel category. Here’s the shortlist.
Beside the category awards, one book is selected over the others as overall Whitbread Book of the Year. All the attention appears to be focused on Susanna Clarke, which is a sure sign that jurors won’t pick that book. Additional coverage from The Independent and The Guardian.