Boyd Tonkin is livid that the Booker judges, "made possibly the worst, certainly the most perverse, and perhaps the most indefensible choice" in choosing Jonn Banville's bloated The Sea as this year's winner. Ellis has a different take:

I didn’t bother watching the Booker, in part because I couldn’t care less who won. I have no idea whether or not The Sea is a great novel or not, but Boyd Tonkin’s anger certainly made it sound interesting ... What annoys Tonkins also annoyed the Sunday Times reviewer, who grumbled that “Banville has a talent for sensuous phrasing and pungent observation of human frailty, but in other areas important for fiction – plot, character, pacing, suspense – The Sea is a crashing disappointment.” But Banville evidently intends to disappoint those readers who think that serious fiction should aspire to the condition of genre fiction, where suspense and characterisation in primary colours is everything.

Ellis then helpfully reproduces the whole of Banville's excoriating review of Ian McEwan's Saturday (also scathingly - and superbly - reviewed by Ellis in his The Politics of Ian McEwan' Saturday.)

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