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Osborne wife to judge Booker Prize

The Chancellor of the Exchequer's wife will have another vote to cast next year after it was announced she will help judge the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Frances Osborne, the author of a novel and several prize-winning biographies, is one of five judges tasked with handing out one of the most prestigious awards in literature.

She joins academic Michael Wood, journalists Sam Leith and Ellah Allfrey and poet John Burnside on the panel.

She is not the first member of the panel to have political connections - MP Chris Mullin was a judge in 2011 and Harold Wilson's wife Mary was a judge in 1976.

Mr Wood said: "Talking about novels is almost as much fun as reading them, and we're all greatly looking forward to this double pleasure.

"It's a privilege to be a member of this very distinguished panel and to be part of the deliberations for the award of the Man Booker Prize, surely the most exciting and the most closely followed literary event in the English-speaking world. I believe some of the books are already waiting for us."

Last year's judges, who gave the prize to Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road To The Deep North, had to read 154 books before picking a winner.

The longlist of 12 or 13 books will be announced in August, before being whittled down to a shortlist of six in September, with the winner announced in October.


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