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16 October 2019 18:56

The five judges had a simple task: to…

'The Dodo suddenly called out 'The race is over!' and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, 'But who has won?' This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead, while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, 'Everybody has won, and all must have prizes.'" The Dodo of the day is Peter Florence, the chairman of judges for the 2019 Booker prize for fiction. On Monday night at the awards dinner for Britain's leading literary accolade he in effect announced, like the bird in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, that "all must have prizes". The five judges had a simple task: to…

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The chairman of the Booker prize is a right old Dodo