Salman Rushdie and Nick Hornby shortlisted for Whitbread best novel prize

From the BBC:

_41020430_salman203Hornby’s A Long Way Down and Rushdie’s Shalimar The Clown compete with Ali Smith’s The Accidental and The Ballad of Lee Cotton by Christopher Wilson.

Rachel Zadok – a finalist on a How to Get Published contest on TV’s Richard and _41021078_hornby203bodyJudy show – is up for first novel.

All category winners and the overall book of the year selection will be announced on 4 January.

This year’s awards, which also includes categories for poetry collection, biography and children’s book, had 476 entries, the highest ever total for the Whitbread.

More here.