THE Man Booker prize has taken the first steps towards clambering out of its own rectum.
Britain’s leading literary award will be opened up to authors from around the world amid hopes that it may eventually include writers who are not just showing off.
Experts said that within a decade the £50,000 prize could even go to an exciting story about a thing that happened to a person.
In recent years the prize has gone to books about someone remembering how they felt when they remembered things.
And in one shortlisted novel the main character was a memory about a feeling.
The exception in recent years has been Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, which is a story about a thing that happened to a person, but still takes 14 pages to describe an old woman’s chin.