The Lost Man Booker Prize shortlist was announced at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival on 25 March 2010.
Why a Lost Man Booker? In 1971 the Booker Prize ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became 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. Now, 40 years on, a panel of three judges – all of whom were born in or around 1970 – has been appointed to select a shortlist of six novels from that year.
The reading public get to decide the winner of The Lost Man Booker. The public vote closed at midday on Friday 30 April. The overall winner will be announced on 19 May 2010.