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Was Richard Flanagan the safe choice for the Man Booker Prize?

The US takeover failed to materialise—this year's award went to the Australian author for his story of prisoners on the Burma Death railway

By Claire Lowdon  

Richard Flanagan pictured after winning the 2014 Man Booker Prize ©Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Three Brits, two Americans and an Australian: not a bad joke, but the shortlist for this year’s faintly controversial Man Booker Prize. Since its inception in 1969 the prize has been open to writers from the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. This year, for the first time, any book written in English and published in the UK was eligible, opening the prize…

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