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Rimington is responding to headlines such as: "This year's Booker judges don't inspire confidence" and "Booker prize crisis". The furore started last month when she announced the shortlist of six for the Booker, whose winner will be announced on 18 October. What kind of barbarians, critics fumed, could have omitted Alan Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child? It was the critics' favourite and, more significantly, William Hill's. What was she thinking of?
hat I cannot tolerate is personal abuse," says Dame Stella Rimington, fixing me with the piercing green eyes that made Soviet double agent Oleg Gordievsky come over all unnecessary during the cold war.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
"We didn't choose it," shrugs Rimington. "I got called homophobic for not choosing Hollinghurst and Philip Hensher [whose King of the Badgers also didn't make the cut]. I didn't know Hensher was homosexual and if I had, it wouldn't have made any difference."