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Picture - Melvyn Bragg - David Frost... London United Kingdom, Thursday 13th March 2014

Melvyn Bragg - David Frost - memorial unveiling and service of remembrance held at Westminster Abbey - Departures. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th March 2014

Picture - Melvyn Bragg - David Frost... London United Kingdom, Thursday 13th March 2014

Melvyn Bragg - David Frost - memorial unveiling and service of remembrance held at Westminster Abbey - Arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th March 2014

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Melvyn Bragg - Opening Night and World Premiere of 'Stephen Ward' Held at the Aldwych Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th December 2013

Decision To Include US Books In Man Booker Prize Splits Critics

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It has been announced that from next year the Man Booker Prize will be open to all authors across the English-speaking world, including America. Previously, the prestigious literary award only considered those within the British, Irish or Commonwealth nations, which excluded the USA.

Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel Won The Man Booker Prize Last Year.

The Man Booker Prize have announced that all English-speaking authors will now be eligible, "from Chicago, Sheffield or Shanghai" to "recognise, celebrate and embrace" writers from across the globe. Furthermore, the novel submissions rules will change, meaning publishing houses who have previously had books featured on longlists will be allowed more entries.

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The Man Booker Prize Will Allow American Authors To Enter For The First Time In 2014

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The Man Booker Prize has served as the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Commonwealth's most prestigious award for books and authors since it's inception in 1969. On Sunday, 15 September, The Sunday Times reported that a change was heading it's way, as authors from the other side of the pond will be able to submit entries to the award for the first time ever starting in 2014.

Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel won the award last year

The report from the Times revealed plans from the heads of the award to open the prize up to a wider pool of talent, and in doing so open it up to a wider audience. In a bid further cement the reputation of the Man Booker Prize as the one of world's leading awards for writers, the organisers have deemed the American market as a keen demographic to infiltrate and ensure that interest is maintained and entries are still regularly submitted. According to the Times, "the organisers increasingly believe that excluding writers from America is anachronistic. The Booker committee believes US writers must be allowed to compete to ensure the award's global reputation."

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