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One of the most acrimonious run-ups to  the Man Booker  Prize  in  recent years  had  a  happy  ending  as British novelist  Julian Barnes was  declared the  unanimous winner  of  this  year’s £50,000  prize  for  his  novella,  “The Sense  of  an  Ending’’,  hailed  as  an “exquisite’’  meditation on growing old,
the  nature  of  memory  and relat ionships.   The  choice  was applauded  across  the  literary  divide
though the judges still appeared to be smarting  from  the  attacks  they  had endured  in  recent   weeks  as  their selection  for  the  shortlist  had  drawn accusations of “dumbing down’’. Mr. Barnes,  who  had  been  shortlisted three  t imes  before  without   ever winning the prize. One  of  Britain’s  most   admired novelists, Mr. Barnes  had  been  the favourite of bookies and critics alike. At  150  pages,   “The  Sense  of  an
Ending’’, is his shortest novel but  the record  for  the  shortest  book  ever  to win  a  Booker  remains  Penelope Fitzgerald’s “Offshore’’ which won in 1979. The  judges said “The Sense of an Ending’’ was “exquisitely written, subtly plotted and reveals new depths with  each  reading”.The  other contenders  were:  Carol  Birch (“Jamrach’s Menagerie’’);  Patrick deWitt  (“The Sisters Brothers’’), Esi Edugyan  (“Half Blood Blues’’);  and debut   authors  Stephen  Kelman (“Pigeon  English’’)  and AD Miller (“Snowdrops’’).
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