Dublin author Emma Donoghue has been shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize.
Donoghue, who is now living in Canada, was announced on the shortlist for her novel 'Room'.
Australian novelist Peter Carey could become the first author to win the prize three times after he was also shortlisted.
He is joined on the list by bookie’s favourite Tom McCarthy who is 2/1 to win the prize with his novel C.
The other shortlisted authors are Damon Galgut, Howard Jacobson and Andrea Levy.
Former poet laureate and judge Andrew Motion said: “It’s been a great privilege and an exciting challenge for us to reduce our longlist of 13 to this shortlist of six outstandingly good novels. In doing so, we feel sure we’ve chosen books which demonstrate a rich variety of styles and themes – while in every case providing deep individual pleasures.”
The winner will be announced on Tuesday October 12.
The odds are against Carey carrying off the prize for a third time according to bookmakers William Hill.
He is 5/1 to win behind Donoghue and Galgut who are both 3/1 second favourites.
William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “There has been a considerable media buzz around all of the books on the short list, and literary punters have staked more money in total on Tom McCarthy to win than any of the other authors, so he is a worthy favourite.”
The winner will receive a cheque for £50,000 and worldwide recognition.
Last year’s winning novel, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, has now sold more than half a million copies. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their shortlisted book.
The shortlist was whittled down from 138 titles.
:: Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2010 shortlist
Peter Carey – Parrot And Olivier In America
Emma Donoghue – Room
Damon Galgut – In A Strange Room
Howard Jacobson – The Finkler Question
Andrea Levy – The Long Song
Tom McCarthy – C