The New York Times covers the Man Booker celebrations and I was getting quite impressed that people were so interested in a literary prize until I got to this line.
In years past, the Booker acquired a reputation for fierce infighting and very public feuds over nominees and winners. But this year there was little of that, and at Soho House the Toibin and Hollinghurst factions mingled relatively easily. It may have helped that most people admitted to not having read the books at least not yet.
Ah then, never mind the book. Just tell these people whom they’re supposed to adulate.