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Nicola Barker 'accepts Man Booker loss'

4th May 2010

Nicola Barker is not surprised that she is yet to win the Man Booker Prize.

In an interview with the Observer, the author admitted that she 'didn't ever have a hope in hell' of winning the prestigious award when she was shortlisted with Darkmans in 2007.

'Darkmans would've been a catastrophic choice. As it was, I got to be the plucky loser who avoided the interminable reading tour,' she said, adding that she was not disappointed when Anne Enright's The Gathering scooped the honour.

However, Barker revealed she is not always so downbeat about her own work, explaining that she considers Behindlings to be the most impressive book she has written as it contains her best character, Wesley.

While she may not have won the Man Booker Prize yet, Barker has received other accolades - such the David Higham Prize for Fiction and the Macmillan Silver Pen Award for Love Your Enemies.

In addition, Heading Inland won the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize and Wide Open took the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Barker will also be hoping that Burley Cross Postbox Theft, which was published last week, is just as popular with judging panels.

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