07/29/2011 01:20 pm ET Updated Sep 28, 2011

Hooray For The Bravest Booker Longlist Of All Time

One of the most difficult aspects of being a judge for the Man Booker Prize, as I discovered in 2008, becomes apparent when the longlist is announced. Industry insiders, columnists and journalists alike all gather in a pack, raise their heads and let out a collective howl about their favourite writers being excluded. We’ve worked so hard, yet all they can do is boo.

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