The so-called "Man Booker Dozen" was announced yesterday afternoon, even though this year's list contains thirteen. The finalists are:

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Atlantic)
Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold (Tindal Street)
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
From A to X by John Berger (Verso)
The Lost Dog by Michelle de Kretser (Chatto)
Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (John Murray)
The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant (Virago)
A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (Cape)
The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher (Fourth Estate)
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill (Fourth Estate)
The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie (Cape)
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Simon & Schuster)
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz (Hamish Hamilton)

The short list will be announced on September 9th, and the winner awarded on October 14th. For more information about the prize and the judging, see the Man Booker Prize website.