Seems like it is the Europeans' year - After British Doris Lessing won the Nobel for literature, the Booker goes to Ireland for Anne Enright's The Gathering. According to the bets running prior to the announcement, Ms. Enright was far behind the two major contenders - Jones and Mcewan. But I suppose the Booker is following the dark horse tradition for a couple of years. Sometimes I wonder if Booker has become a way of promoting new and lesser known authors rather than rewarding a well-recieved book.
But of course, to make such statements without reading either name on the shortlist is downright bias.
A review of the novel by The Guardian can be found here.