Could he do it?
That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Richard Flanagan continues his surge towards a Man Booker Prize for his beautiful novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
Flanagan’s masterpiece was controversially overlooked for this year’s Miles Franklin.
2010 winner Howard Jacobson is joined by fellow UK writers Ali Smith and Neel Mukherjee, with the new international floodgates appear only slightly ajar, with two US authors Karen Joy Fowler and Joshua Ferris making up the six shortlistees.
Take a closer look at the 2014 Shortlist, and be your own judge…