The favorite to win the award, author Julian Barnes, once called the prize "posh bingo."
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Barnes, who is nominated for his work "The Sense of an Ending," said judges for the award have been “inflated by their brief celebrity.”
And that’s not the only drama surrounding the prize this year. Dissatisfaction with the award, which is given to an author from Ireland, Zimbabwe, or the Commonwealth of Nations, which includes the United Kingdom, New Zealand, India, Australia and Canada, was shown in one of several instances when agent Andrew Kidd recently announced the creation of a new prize called the Literature Prize. Kidd is the spokesperson for the organizers of the new award and said in a statement that the Booker prize “now prioritizes a notion of 'readability' over artistic achievement.” Authors of any nationality will be eligible for the Literature Prize.