Man Booker prize will open to US authors in 2014, reports say

Full details promised this Wednesday, as critics fear £50,000 prize will lose its identity, The Guardian reports

It was reported over the weekend that the Man Booker prize will open up to US authors as of 2014, after 45 years of recognising the work of writers from UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries.

The story prompted concern that the literary award will lose its identity, with writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg telling the Sunday Times: “I’m disappointed … though not that surprised. The Booker will now lose its distinctiveness. It’s rather like a British company being taken over by some worldwide conglomerate.”

In the Independent, Kazuo Ishiguro was quoted as saying he had heard about the change “a few months ago from someone very senior at the prize, and the argument was that the standard hadn’t been high enough”.

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