Introducing the finalists for fiction’s Booker Prize

Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Ali Smith in the running for $80,000 award

LONDON — Three British writers, two Americans and an Australian are finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.

The British nominees, announced Tuesday, are Ali Smith’s “How to Be Both,” Howard Jacobson’s “J” and Neel Mukherjee’s “The Lives of Others.” The U.S. is represented by Joshua Ferris’ “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” and Karen Joy Fowler’s “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.”

Australia’s Richard Flanagan is nominated for “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.”

This is the first year writers of all nationalities have been eligible for the Booker, previously open only to authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies.

The winner of the 50,000-pound ($80,000) prize will be announced at a ceremony in London on Oct. 14.

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