It's that time of year when the Brits count down to the best new 2011 novel published in the British Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland. Here's the final six, with links to synopses to help you make choices for your reading table. Also, the interesting premise that influenced the judges.
Stephen Kelman's "Pigeon English" is getting lots of attention for its unique narrative voice. It's even long-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. But the plot draws from a true British crime, and that affects the success of the story this side of the pond.