Hodd by Adam Thorpe,
Lustrum by Robert Harris,
Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant,
Stone's Fall by Iain Pears,The Glass Room by Simon Mawer,
The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, -- Winner!
as reported by the Guardian. The winner will be named June 19.
"They are giving history back its stories," said Alistair Moffat, chair of the judges. "The best way to understand the past is often to read a novelist rather than an historian. We need to know where we came from, what kind of people our ancestors were.... What people in the past believed--such as the absolute certainty about heaven and hell in the Middle Ages--is every bit as important in telling us what they were like as what they left behind in the historical record."