The Man Booker Prize  judges announced today the finalists for the 2009 award, selected from a longlist  of thirteen. Six writers now have less than a month to wait to see who of them will receive the fifty-thousand-pound prize (a little over eighty thousand dollars), given for a novel written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Ireland.
The shortlisted titles are:
The Children's Book (Chatto and Windus) by A. S. Byatt 
Summertime (Harvill Secker) by J. M. Coetzee 
The Quickening Maze (Jonathan Cape) by Adam Fould
Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) by Hilary Mantel
The Glass Room (Little, Brown) by Simon Mawer
The Little Stranger (Virago) by Sarah Waters
For readers interested in sampling the selected texts, audio excerpts  from the finalists' books, as well as interviews  with the writers, are available on the prize Web site. The site is also hosting a virtual debate  about the shortlisted books.
This year's judges are critic Lucasta Miller, journalist John Mullan, broadcaster James Naughtie, comedian Sue Perkins, and Sunday Telegraph literary editor Michael Prodger. They will reveal the winner on October 6.