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2011 Shortlist

Half-Blood Blues

Half-Blood Blues is the story of four jazz musicians in Nazi-occupied Paris, and moves between 1940s Paris, where the group is trying to record an album, and 1992 Poland, where elderly bassist Sid is tracking down an old friend.

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The Free World

This story of a family of Latvian Jews who give up everything for a chance to make a new life for themselves in the West is full of wisdom and wry humour.

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Alix Ohlin

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The Antagonist

The tragicomic story of Rank, who is forced to come to terms with his painful past when he discovers that a friend from his university days has written a novel casting him as a violent, pathetic lout.

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Ken Dryden

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The Sisters Brothers

Harrowing but also hilarious, this offbeat novel is the story of two hired killers, Charlie and Eli Sisters, during the California Gold Rush. Their target is a prospector accused of stealing from their boss, but tracking him down is no simple matter.

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Dave Bidini

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Better Living With Plastic Explosives

This is a quirky, boisterously carnivalesque collection of stories whose cast of characters includes five celestial beings and a kidnapper wearing an Olympic mascot costume.

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John Vaillant

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The Cat's Table

The narrator, Michael, is a middle-aged man recalling his trip as an 11-year-old boy on an ocean liner travelling from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) through the Suez Canal and on to England. Adventure, intrigue and the wonder of a child are evoked in striking, luminous prose.

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