- O’Neill on Quebec shortlist
- Circus around Enright’s win (Enright is opinionated, and is receiving much flack for said opinions…)
- Robert McCrum on the need to scrap our prize culture (specifically the Booker) and re-envision the entire endeavour from scratch:
It is amazing what one speech can do. On the way into London’s Guildhall last week I was: a) rather in favour of the Man Booker prize; and b) only half persuaded by Robert Harris’s magnificent assault on its ‘evils’ in the Evening Standard. Three hours later, the only good news was that Anne Enright had won. After one of the most embarrassing Booker speeches in living memory, from prize chairman Sir Howard Davies, backed up by complacent, regional sales conference-style remarks from Booker boss Jonathan Taylor and Man stooge Peter Clarke, it was hard, if not impossible, to suppress the thought that our premier literary trophy should be subjected to a root-and-branch reform.