On Thursday, March 25t JG Farrell made the Lost Man Booker Prize shortlist with his novel Troubles.Troubles which tells the comic yet melancholic tale of an English Major, Brendan Archer, who in 1919 goes to County Wicklow in Ireland to meet the woman whom he believes he may be engaged to marry. From the viewpoint of the crumbling Majestic Hotel at Kilnalough he watches Ireland's fight for independence from Britain.
The Lost Man Booker is a one-off prize to honour the books which missed out on the opportunity to win the Booker Prize in 1970. In 1971, just two years after it began, the Booker Prize ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became - as it is today - a prize for the best novel of the year of publication. As a result a wealth of fiction published for much of 1970 fell through the net.
There is now public vote , which closes on 23 April 2010, to choose the winner. The overall winner will be announced on 19 May 2010.