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Marian Keyes: not worthy of being shortlisted for the Booker? Pic: Dean Chalkley

Preoccupied with self-defeating snobbery at the expense of great stories well told, the Booker Prize has lost its way to an alarming degree

Why is the Booker Prize delivering such a bad message to readers? Why must it insist on telling them that they’re idiots, incapable of appreciating great fiction? Why, as a prize, is it reducing itself to an irrelevance, a snooty and sneering horror in the corner? Why is it disenfranchising its own reading public?

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