Author and professor Francis Wilson writes in The Telegraph today about her experience judging the Man Booker prize this year and mentions off-hand that the winner, Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question, wasn’t even submitted for consideration by his publisher Bloomsbury.
This doesn’t seem out of the ordinary, as she mentions another book, Emma Donoghue’s Room, as also being pulled in for consideration after “one of the Booker committee was at a party where Room was being praised.” Ms. Wilson’s account, complete with the judges discussing “Finklers” they knew, certainly furthers Salon’s argument that the Man Booker is the best prize.
But the value of the fact that Mr. Jacobson’s book wasn’t submitted is hard to judge. It’s a unique competition, and a more modest culture. On a related note, Tao Lin has submitted his latest novel for the Pulitzer Prize.