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The golden stickers

The Man Booker formula: a marriage of culture and capital

By Luke Neima  

It is a shame that the more innovative books on the longlist, such as The Kills by Richard House, did not make the final cut

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is now in its 45th year, and the marriage of capital and culture has never found a better home than amongst its ever-unfurling lists, press releases and prizes. For every nod, nomination and golden sticker, press budgets double, reviews triple and sales skyrocket. Every autumn novelists and publicists hold hands, praying and then rejoicing in the…

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