Darkmans by Nicola Barker
The Gathering by Anne Enright
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
Animal's People by Indra Sinha
I haven't read most titles on the list, but my admiration for Mister Pip is evident here, and my dislike for Reluctant Fundamentalist here. The Gathering and Animal's People are waiting to be picked up, but going by what others say, these could be strong contenders too.
For book jackets, rush to Eric Forbes's well-rounded post.