Laurie of course being the Germaine Greer de nos jours.
Also, we are dealing here with literature in translation, but all the judges are anglophone, which is ridiculous.
The prize is for literature translated into English: being a native English speaker is therefore something of an advantage.
Right now, I don’t know. I don’t read fiction – it’s a waste of time.
It’s a prize for fiction, so perhaps not quite the right judge then Germaine.
By and large, English novels don’t impress the Australian Greer. “The English don’t even write the best novels,” she said. “It’s the French who are the best writers.”
And somewhere the ghost of Jane Austen titters in embarassment……