09/13/2010 04:26 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Literary Prize: Chair Of The Booker Prize Judges Andrew Motion Discusses The Shortlist

And how would I characterise this "best"? By all the means that sound familiar, but make their material strange. Good writing (adventurous as well as scrupulous). Imaginative daring (confirming what we feel might be true about the world, by means that are surprising). Historical sense (an ability to see the present in the past, and vice versa, so as to illuminate both).

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