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By prospect   October 2005

Judge not, that ye may review The New Statesman’s 12th September issue featured John Sutherland’s glowing review of Zadie Smith’s new novel, On Beauty. So nothing out of the ordinary there. Except for the fact that, as noted at the end of the review, Sutherland is chair of the judges for this year’s Booker prize, for which Smith’s novel is shortlisted (the announcement was made the day before the NS hit the newsstands). The practice of Booker judges reviewing shortlisted books is not new, but it does seem odd. After all, judges wouldn’t dream of telling journalists who they were…

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