The judges praised the powerful language and artistry displayed in the six books, whose common themes include old age, memory and loss.
The six books, selected from the longlist of 12, are:
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
Umbrella by Will Self
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil
Of the six authors, two have previously been linked to the prize. Hilary Mantel won the prize in 2009 with Wolf Hall, the first of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, and was longlisted in 2005 for Beyond Black. Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng was longlisted for the prize in 2007 with his debut novel, The Gift of Rain. Four novelists, including Will Self, appear on the list for the first time.
Which of these books are your pick for the 2012 Man Booker Prize? Which ones do you want to read?