Culture 19 October 2011 Barnes wins the Man Booker prize The judges get one thing right, at least. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML In a belated attack of good sense, the judges of this year's Man Booker Prize rewarded Julian Barnes for his novel The Sense of an Ending. But in a remarkably graceless speech, the chair of the judges, Stella Rimington, couldn't resist a dig at critics of the shortlist (she no doubt had the NS's Leo Robson, among others, in mind), whom she accused of peddling "black propaganda". She insisted that she and her fellow judges had reacted to criticism of their shortlist (and their pronouncements defending their choices) with "great glee and amusement" - which rather cements the suspicion that she wasn't up to the job. Read Leo Robson's review of The Sense of an Ending here. › Sorry Ricky, that joke isn't funny any more Jonathan Derbyshire is Managing Editor of Prospect. He was formerly Culture Editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles How A Series Of Unfortunate Events went from a children’s book to a postmodern masterpiece Counting the ways: what Virgin and Other Stories teaches us about want What can a new book of Holocaust testimony tell us about the Third Reich?