From the Independent:

The Booker Prize, that unassailable bastion of British literature, is to undergo a cosmopolitan makeover which could see American authors competing for the prestigious award by 2004. An international stockbroking company unveiled yesterday as the new sponsor of the highbrow literary accolade in a 2.5m deal wants to expand its remit across the Atlantic. (…)
Critics of the Booker, won last year by Peter Carey for his True History of the Kelly Gang, have long argued that it must look further afield if it is to keep its standing as Europe’s premier fiction prize. Organisers of the Booker have also had to weather a number of controversies about the judging, amid allegations that it operates as a closed shop of London-based literati. The novelist and sometime Booker judge AL Kennedy last year branded it a “pile of crooked nonsense” and said her fellow panellists had failed to read the 300 books on the long list.

Booker prize may expand to include US

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