took the words right out of my mouth

Why can’t these authors write what they really think when they see the Booker shortlist? It would make a refreshing change to read an 800-word piece that just said: “Bastards! Bastards! Bastards! Bastards!” The most important thing for any writer is honesty, as I always say to Martin Amis when he rings me up for advice.

John O’Farrell on why it should have been him.