This announcement was made in London tonight.

Six books are on the shortlist to win one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

"Small Things Like These" is set in Wexford, 1985. It explores themes such as the Magdelene Laundries and the family..

Judges described the book as "a story about quiet bravery, set within an Irish community that denies its central secret".

Beautiful, clear economic writing, and a structure rich in moral themes.

With his book "Treacle Walker", British author Alan Garner became the oldest nominee for the prize.

The Booker Prize goes to the work that judges consider the best long-form fiction published in English in the UK or Ireland.

Each author shortlisted receives PS2500 and the winner gets PS50,000

The winner will be announced at 17 October.