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New ‘Literature’ prize to rival Booker


A group of people unhappy with the Man Booker Prize are launching a new book award called the Literature Prize. Man Booker administrator Ion Trewin has described the need for something better than the Booker as “tosh” and a few toys are flying out the pram. The BBC has the story as the Booker ceremony nears (Oct 18).

Well, let’s have another book award. You can never have enough of these things. One a day, that’s what I say. What I like about the Booker is that it’s called ‘Booker’ and at least offers a clue to what is being judged.

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Richard Davies

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