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Booker longlist revisited

By William Skidelsky  

A follow-up to my blog of a few days ago, saying that we shouldn’t get too excited by the Booker longlist, and making a few predictions as to who might be on it. Now that the longlist has been announced, what are my thoughts? In some ways it is good that the judges have decided to pare down this year’s list, announcing only 13 books as opposed to the usual 20 plus. If there are only 13 books that they feel are in with a chance of coming close, then why list more than that? On the other hand, if…

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