The favorite to win the award, author Julian Barnes, once called the prize "posh bingo."
As The King James translation of the Bible marks its 400th anniversary, its deep influence and prominence are slipping.
Howard Jacobson is awarded the Man Booker Prize for his darkly comic novel "The Finkler Question."
Oxford University's first female professor of poetry resigns. But nation's first female poet laureate is second only to Shakespeare in popularity.