Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mystery over Booker Snub to Martin Amis; Londoner's Diary

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mystery over Booker Snub to Martin Amis; Londoner's Diary

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CRUELTY, thy name is Booker! Martin Amis failed to make the Man Booker Prize longlist once again this year even though his latest book, The Pregnant Widow, was hailed by one critic as a "return to form". Now rumours are being whispered as to whether his publishers, Jonathan Cape, even put the title forward.

Cape has two entries on the longlist -- C by Tom McCarthy and The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner.

According to Man Booker Prize submissions rules, "UK publishers may enter up to two full-length novels, with scheduled publication dates between 1 October 2009 and 30 September 2010. In addition, any title by an author who has previously won the Booker or Man Booker Prize, and any title by an author who has been shortlisted in the last 10 years (ie since and including 2000) may be submitted." Amis has only been shortlisted once for the Booker, for Time's Arrow in 1991, so he wouldn't have qualified under the last clause (Ian Mc Ewan's Solar, also a Cape title, was another surprise omission but McEwan was eligible for submission as he won the Booker for Amsterdam in 1998). …

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