Barnes Has to Be Favorite for Booker

Julian Barnes, shortlisted for the fourth time in his three-decade literary career, was among the six finalists for the 2011 Man Booker for Fiction, the prize committee announced earlier today. The Sense of an Ending, his 11th novel, is about four old school friends entering middle age. Barnes’s novel-writing colleague Anita Brookner reviewed it in the Telegraph here. Since he is one of Britain’s most celebrated novelists, Barnes has to be considered the favorite for the prize, even though The Sense of an Ending is a 150-page novella, rather slim for the best novel of the year, even in slim-book-loving England.

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