Aravind Adiga The White Tiger (Atlantic)
Sebastian Barry The Secret Scripture (Faber and Faber)
Amitav Ghosh Sea of Poppies (John Murray)
Linda Grant The Clothes on Their Backs (Virago)
Philip Hensher The Northern Clemency (Fourth Estate)
Steve Toltz A Fraction of the Whole (Hamish Hamilton)
Note added 12 October 2008:
To mark the occasion of Ghosh’s debut appearance on the Booker shortlist, on 5 October 2008:
THE HINDU published a reflective and detailed piece, "Histories of belonging and becoming"by Priyamvada Gopal, offering a full examination of Ghosh’s career so far. The author calls Ghosh’s work "a reclamation of all that is valuable, possible and indispensable in our heterogeneous culture", and stresses how he has reinvented himself with every book:
"Rather than settle into a predictable house style with a much-used box of
tricks to hand, Ghosh has chosen to set new literary challenges for himself,
constantly transforming his work over the years".
I would recommend this article both to those familiar with and to
those new to his remarkable work.