Six writers, including two-time winner Peter Carey, are up for literature's prestigious Booker Prize. Australian novelist Carey will learn later on Tuesday whether he has pulled off a hat trick with his historical novel Parrot and Olivier in America.
British writer Tom McCarthy is the bookies' favorite for his experimental tale of time and technology, C.
The other contenders are In a Strange Room by South Africa's Damon Galgut; Room by Irish-Canadian writer Emma Donoghue; and two British novels - Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question and Andrea Levy's The Long Song.
The Booker is open to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies.
The winner receives 50,000 pounds ($80,000) and a big publicity boost.