Headlines concerning various scandals in the 1994 prize year


Chair of judges, Professor John Bayley claimed that 'new fiction is at best ambitious and at worst pretentious'; the shortlist was compared to the sleeping pill 'Mogadon'; the wife of Booker judge James Wood, Claire Messud, was included on the shortlist; the expletive heavy content of the winning novel; judge Rabbi Julia Neuberger's dislike of the winning novel.

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Booker Prize Papers, 1994 prize papers, Press cuttings,


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Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Times

Oxford Brookes departments



Original artefact: 1994
RADAR resource: 2018

Published by Oxford Brookes University

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