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Keep the Man Booker Prize British

Matthew Walther believes his fellow Americans should be excluded from our famous prize – for the sake of British ‘identity’

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

20 September 2014

9:00 AM

I am nothing if not patriotic. Like most Americans, I am convinced that mine is the freest, most beautiful country on earth. But I cannot pretend to be happy that two of us have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

When it was announced earlier this year that novels written by Americans — in fact, all novels written in English and published in Britain — would now be eligible for the award, I dismissed the news as a harmless gimmick.

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