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Michael Portillo heads 2008 Booker Prize panel
19/12/2007

Michael Portillo will head the judging panel for the 40th Booker prize, reports the Guardian. The former British defence secretary, whose loss of his Enfield seat was a defining moment in Tony Blair's 1997 landslide election win, will be joined on the 2008 panel by the deputy editor of Granta Magazine, Alex Clark, the novelist Louise Doughty, the founder of Ottakar's, James Heneage, and the TV and radio broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli.A longlist of 12 or 13 books will be announced next August, with a six-book shortlist following in September. The winner will be announced live as a segment on the BBC Ten O'Clock News on October 14 2008. - The Guardian

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