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Gay author’s inclusion on Booker longlist upsets chattering classes

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  1. I wouldn’t be too quick to imply that homophobia is behind the chattering classes’ distaste. Helen Garner is also queer, yet I haven’t heard any complaints about her being on the list.

  2. bibliobibuli 1 Aug 2008, 1:56am

    your headline makes it sound as if the being gay part is at the core of the controversy when actually it’s about whether a thriller should be eligible for a literary prize. (the discussion elsewhere conveniently forgets brian moore’s “lies of silence” which was shortlisted in 1990 – i would call that a thriller)

    i look forward to reading “Child 44” in my Booker readathon and making up my own mind about it.

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