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Finally, an award for Nick Hornby (?)

Snub for big beasts as Hornby makes Whitbread shortlist

Were you always this bald, Nick Hornby?Nick Hornby, a storyteller dearer to the humour and hearts of the British reading public than almost any literary award winner of the past 40 years, was yesterday accorded a rare accolade. His novel A Long Way Down was shortlisted for the £30,000 Whitbread award in a series of surprise decisions which swept aside authors seen elsewhere as this year's strongest.

. . . . The "very strong novels" by Ishiguro, Barnes, McEwan, Zadie Smith and Banville had all had their champions but had been shot down by persuasive counter-arguments in the judging panel. Gregory added: "We all agreed on our top favourite but I am not allowed to tell you what it is. I have not even told my husband, who is desperate to put a bet on."

Full story from the Guardian here.

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