P414 Teletext 410 Oct30 21:04:10       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  McEWAN'S BOOKER VICTORY Ian McEwan's Booker victory only tends to prove the annual literary love-in doesn't need all those brawling judges and unreadable winners to make it look silly. Not that McEwan doesn't richly deserve a Booker. Long before the finalists were announced, most experts were tipping him for a walkover win. But that was last year and he didn't even make the shortlist. ——————————————————————————————————1/9—— See Weekend Money for cash help 520 WIN A CAMCORDER p413 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 410 Oct30 21:04:12       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  McEWAN'S BOOKER VICTORY Bitter controversy followed the exclusion of Ian McEwan's career best, Enduring Love, from the 1997 Booker finals. Critics claimed it had been snubbed because such an obvious winner would rob the contest of the tension which generates public interest, TV ratings and book sales. The prize went to Arundhati Roy's mush-fest The God Of Small Things. ——————————————————————————————————2/9—— Comp: win a camcorder 413 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 410 Oct30 21:00:12       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  McEWAN'S BOOKER VICTORY Ian McEwan's in the ironic position of having won a Booker for Amsterdam, a book so short it barely qualifies as a novel. After Enduring Love sold so well on the back of the 1997 row, some critics (myself included) even read Amsterdam as a clever "up yours" gesture directed at the Booker. Now there's a whole new conspiracy theory for the 1998 prize. ——————————————————————————————————3/9—— Fun & Games 150 Digitiser 670 WIN TICKETS TO SEE BARNEY p415 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 416 Oct30 21:00:00       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  McEWAN'S BOOKER VICTORY The 1998 Booker conspiracy plot goes like this: rows create hype; hype sells books. A shortlist regular but never a winner, Beryl Bainbridge was clear favourite among both bookies and critics. Giving her the prize would have been fair, obvious and logical. Rewarding McEwan a year late and for the wrong book aside, it would have been useless as a hype generator. ——————————————————————————————————4/9—— See our Millennium countdown 105 GETTING RID OF GARDEN PESTS p413 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 410 Oct30 21:01:09       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  McEWAN'S BOOKER VICTORY The Booker judges insist they can only make honest decisions reflecting the quality of work published in a given year. I'm sure they believe that. But the Booker exists to promote sophisticated London literary tastes to ordinary readers in Middle England. Its purpose is to sell books while generating upmarket hype for sponsors. And I'm sure the sophisticated judges instinctively understand that too. ——————————————————————————————————5/9—— Motoring 416 Halloween treats 417 DON'T GIVE BATS A BAD TIME p415 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 416 Oct30 21:03:19       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  ANOTHER WORLD Pat Barker The Great War has been kind to Barker. The Regeneration Trilogy won her huge acclaim and the 1995 Booker for final volume, The Ghost Road. And even with modern Newcastle as her new backdrop, she doesn't entirely abandon Flanders' fields. Memory, ancient guilt and lurking ghosts play their familiar Barkeresque parts in this story of stifling lives, lingering death and reconciliation. ——————————————————————————————————6/9—— Published by Viking £16.99 TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE p400 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 416 Oct30 21:02:04       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  MIRROR IMAGE Danielle Steel Imagine Edith Wharton re-writing Mills & Boon for a Merchant Ivory film and you get a little taste of this ripe old Edwardian twaddle. Identical sisters swap lives so the wild one can be free and the mousy one married. Yeah, right! And Papa could have driven his whole fleet of horseless carriages through the gaps in a dumb plot devoid of period feel. ——————————————————————————————————7/9—— Published by Bantam £16.99 WIN TICKETS TO SEE BARNEY p415 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 410 Oct30 21:02:04       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  DENIAL Peter James  R—lfs is marketed as Britain's Stephen King or Michael Crichton. But it isn't hard to read this as a closet spoof. The blockbusting thriller cliches are all there, but with a refreshingly knowing slant. No N—les victim trapped in a killer's pit wouldn't have read The Silence Of The Lambs, for instance, while every other character seems amusingly unaware of acting out a borrowed part. ——————————————————————————————————8/9—— Published by Orion £9.99 p/b IT'S YOUR LIFE! INDEX p410 McEwan Motors Recipe Green
P414 Teletext 416 Oct30 21:00:05       ——————————— with Jeremy Jehu ———  JACK SHALL HAVE B@LL Juliette Mead Most popular novels are instantly forgettable and that's fine because they exist to occupy the moment. My problem with Mead is that her every page is instantly forgettable. She arrogantly overestimates the appeal of her characters, then lets them witter in self-indulgent circles with only the merest hint of narrative drive. If Mead is romantic fiction's future, I'll take its Jilly Cooper past. ——————————————————————————————————9/9—— Published by Simon & Schuster £16.99 TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE p400 McEwan Motors Recipe Green