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|Booker to Turn Over New Internationalist Leaf
- Britain's major literary prize set to reject parochialism
LONDON'S leading literary lights are seen by outsiders as a cliquey bunch, a metropolitan mafia of the written word, especially when it comes ot handing out the big publishing prizes such as the Booker Prize.
Within two years, that could change as the new sponsor of the Booker, little-known finance firm the Man Group, wants to open up judging for the famous accolade.
"There is an appetite for the whole reach of the award to be reconsidered," said a spokesperson for the Man Group. "We are looking particularly at bringing America into the picture."
Current rules stipulate that only British and Commonwealth writers can enter the Booker, but man are now looking at including either all writers in English are all writers full stop. The conseuqnces of such a move on the judging panel would be immense and could mark a move away from the current perception of a buggins-turn approach to doling out the big prize.