JULIAN BARNES WINS MAN BOOKER PRIZE

AUTHOR and bookmakers’ favourite Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for fiction yesterday, despite once dismissing the coveted award as “posh bingo”. The 65-year-old won with The Sense of an Ending, which at 150 pages was described by one review as a “novella”. It was his fourth time on the Booker shortlist having previously been nominated for Flaubert’s Parrot in 1984, England, England in 1998 and Arthur and George in 2005.