The Telegraph's Head of Books and one of the five judges of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction looks back at the selection process that caused such a fuss.
This was to be expected. It is traditional for all prizes to be declared rubbish and for all prize judges to be declared idiots, until such time as the people who have been saying these things win.
But when our shortlist became the fastest-selling since records began, all hell broke loose. Clearly, our choices must be too “commercial” and not “literary” enough. Significantly, none of this discussion was a response to the actual books on the list.
More at The Telegraph.