Commercial: Lost Booker found
This might have passed you by, but is well worth a few moments of digression. I quoth directly from the press release:
The Lost Man Booker is the brainchild of Peter Straus, the honorary archivist to The Booker Prize Foundation. He realised that in 1971, just two years after it began, the Booker Prize ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became - as it is today - a prize for the best novel of the year of publication. At the same time the award moved from April to November and, as a result, a wealth of fiction published for much of 1970 fell through the net and was never considered for the prize.
An oversight which is now being amended with alacrity. Your shortlist is:
The Birds on the Trees by Nina Bawden (Virago)
Troubles by J G Farrell (Phoenix House)
The Bay of Noon by Shirley Hazzard (Virago)
Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault (Arrow)
The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark (Penguin)
The Vivisector by Patrick White (Vintage)
And you can vote. Do so, early and often. Obviously, I couldn't possibly sway your choice, but suffice to say The Birds on the Trees is rather good...