Waves gold envelope at camera one.
Turns to camera two.
I can now announce the winners.
Turns to camera one. Winks. Turns to camera two.
The actual 1969 Booker winner is… (was, whatever)… PH Newby – Something to Answer For.
Your 1969 Booker winner is… Muriel Spark – The Public Image.
My 1969 Booker winner is… shared, between Barry England – Figures in a Landscape and Impossible Object by Nicholas Mosley,
Bows. Turns to camera two. Does pointy motion to camera. Grins. Walks of stage.
I couldn’t split them in the end so I decided not to. They are both superb novels, they are both almost completely forgotten, and they both deserve being rediscovered. My recommendation will not do either of them a jot of good, obviously, but they earned my love equally so that is what they are going to get.