Alison herself. It's always lovely to see a stablemate do so well.
I reviewed the novel here and there's an excellent article here 'Examining the books behind the 2012 Man Booker Prize Shortlist', on the numbers game that is the jury selection and shortlisting for this prize.
A small quote from the piece 'Examining the books behind the 2012 Man Booker Prize Shortlist':
'With the shortlist announcement the Man Booker Prize becomes,
temporarily, a numbers game. Initially it is about threes: there are
three women and three men on the list; three big publishers compete with
three small ones; three of the novels have a historical setting. Then
it is about twos: two debut novelists are shortlisted; one former winner
plays off against one debut novelist; another writer wins their second
nomination; two of the shortlistees are non British.'