Booker Prize Judges
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|Howard Davies (Chair)
Davies is a “Master of the Universe” with a penchant for the arts.
His political and business connections are so ubiquitous and robust
that one would be forgiven for assuming the man would be an albatross
in a literary context. Still, Mr. Howard has published a book of
his own (even though its subject was economics). He is on the board
of the Royal Academy of Music, and surprisingly is a Patron of Working
Families. My best wishes to the other judges this year; art background
aside, years in the highest levels of the corporate world are certain
to mean this guy is going to want his way, and having worked in
America will likely mean he'll be willing to use the nuclear option
even when deciding where to go to lunch.
Wendy Cope has very little professional experience with novels,
but if you ever saw her body of work you would understand that it's
probably because she hasn't had time (not because she hasn't been
able). Her list of credentials is so long as to be tedious if enumerated,
and her career as a published author didn't even start until she
was 35 yrs old in 1980.
writing poetry, Ms. Cope has also published two children's books
and edited more poetry anthologies than a fiction fan would likely
read in her lifetime. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Literature. I don't know what her personality is like, but if
she gets any flack from the chair of the judges, she will be well
within her credentials to slap him around and tell him how it is.
quite a few authors from Africa publishing novels this year, Giles
Foden might have felt compelled to throw them a bone; instead he
either just sneered and quipped: been there, done that, or he ignored
the brotherhood of countrymen and got behind the best books published.
Foden is the author of the novel The
Last King of Scotland, which was recently made into critically
successful movie. He is the judge with the lightest qualifications,
with only four novels under his belt, and only one of those novels
was read by anyone other than book nerd/snobs like my beautiful
wife. Now that I've badmouthed Mr. Foden, I have to say he knows
his Africa and he knows his irony.
I wouldn't call The
Last King of Scotland a Moral Indignation Novel, because it
acknowledges the complexities and mixed blessings of colonialism,
even I'm astute enough to see the irony in the author of a book
which makes a fortune writing about the maladies of post-colonial
Uganda, when he grew up in that very country living with his family
who were farmers.
Scurr is person who should have been the chair of the Booker Prize
committee for 2007. If she was, we might have had a longlist release
date, and more than just 13 books in the longlist. There, I said
the flat-out Super book-nerd PhD hottie, who just happens to have
enough qualifications to make anybody second guess themselves at
the thought of disagreeing with her. Especially about France - for
gods sake don't question her about anything related to France, the
Revolution, the Enlightenment, Robespierre, or anything else that
happened there before WWI in 1914. My advice to the judges is just
not to piss her off.
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in Afghanistan in the Mujahadin, she is thought to be the third
wife of world famous terrorist Osama Bin Laden, and his closest
confidant and deputy. She is known to have smuggled nuclear secrets
from Pakistan to Iran in the late 1990s but she was turned by two
other MI-6 double agents: Imelda Staunton and Emma Thompson on the
set of Sense and Sensibility in 1995.
ran afoul of Tony Blair's government in January 2003 when she was
overheard telling people at a cast party that Saddam knew the invasion
was coming within weeks, and that he had already given all his WMDs
to his best friend and lover Osama Bin Laden, who was visiting Iraq
in November 06 as he had done yearly for the past decade.
is thought to have brokered the deal to sell 20B Pounds worth of
British and American arms to Saudi Arabia. Moussad sources say she
is currently rumored to be running marketing and distribution for
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