The bookies, the bookish and the Booker

Booker Prize season, the autumn ritual when literary fiction temporarily breaks out of its arts ghetto onto the news pages, is almost over. Tonight at London’s Guildhall, nearly three months after the longlist was announced, the 2012 prize will be awarded and all the manufactured controversies – has the Booker become too mainstream, too elitist, […]

Patrick Murray Articles

While working as an odds compiler for Blue Square I also wrote a weekly column for the Guardian website from 2000 to 2002 (with occasional guest appearances thereafter). Not wishing to alert the other bookies to the fact  I was working in the industry for fear they’d restrict my betting accounts, I used the pseudonym Patrick Murray. A […]