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He didn't make the Booker longlist because he disdains literary prizes, but John le Carré remains one of the most under-rated of postwar British writers

By Jason Cowley   October 2006

Harris moans, le Carré sings

Robert Harris may be one of Britain’s best rewarded popular novelists, but he remains a victim of literary snobbery, or so he thinks. Interviewed recently in the Observer, he complained that the kind of novels shortlisted for the Booker prize were as much works of genre as any other. Harris is considered to be a genre writer: a writer of the airport thriller and historical saga. As such, he is never in contention for the main prizes, and his latest novel, Imperium, was predictably not among the 19 titles on this year’s Man Booker…

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