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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 10, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

    Booker aside

    Fiona McCann

    OK, it’s not Fringe-related, I know, but some people just can’t let the publication of a Booker shortlist go by without comment. Not only did Irish lad Sebastian Barry get the nod again, this time over former winner Salman Rushdie, but the list also includes two books of over 700 pages, two first novels, two Brits, two Indians and one Australian. Oh, and six novels I haven’t yet read, but hope to before the winner is announced on October 14th. I’ll keep y’all posted (I can tell you’re on the edges of yizzer seats), but in the meantime, here’s an interesting piece about Booker judging over the years as a little antidote to Fringosity. 

    Early predictions welcome, if not taken altogether seriously.

    • Neil says:

      Quick comment – you may want to fix the link to this blog in the blogroll – it’s currently linking to the actual fringefest website (and even at that, the link is broken!)

    • Fiona says:

      Thanks Neil. Broken link fixed, I think, though it is actually supposed to be linking to the fringefest website. I’m not sure it’s cricket to link to this blog in this blog’s blogroll, if that makes sense. Unless you meant another blogroll. Either way, I’m open to guidance on this one.

    • Conor says:

      I have no idea who’s gonna win but I plan to make a killing by selling the signed first edition of Barry’s book that I bought on eBay as soon as he made the long-list,. I’m hoping he stays faourite long enough for me to flog it at a 1000 per cent mark-up.

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