Booker judges “showing poor form”

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Horace Tweed-Bottomley

Literary critic Horace Tweed-Bottomley is “appalled” that Hilary Mantel—a woman and a graduate of Sheffield University—has beaten Will Self to the 2012 Man Booker Prize.

“A chap expects another Oxbridge chap to win. I mean, Self’s one of ours, an Exeter College chap. I’d consider a chap from the other university, but Mantel’s a lady. And is Sheffield a university? One doesn’t think so. Poor form to let riff-raff and ladies into the club, very poor form. Encouraging her a second time is beyond the pale.

I concede that Bring Up the Bodies is a terribly English story full of class tension and written by a British person, but one wishes that the judges had honoured the fine tradition of giving such awards to the right sort: a fellow from Oxford. Or even from the other place.”

© JD Ellevsen

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