From The Guardian:
It was reported over the weekend that the Man Booker prize will open up to US authors as of 2014, after 45 years of recognising the work of writers from UK, Ireland and Commonwealth countries.
The story prompted concern that the literary award will lose its identity, with writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg telling the Sunday Times: “I’m disappointed … though not that surprised. The Booker will now lose its distinctiveness. It’s rather like a British company being taken over by some worldwide conglomerate.
In the Independent, Kazuo Ishiguro was quoted as saying he had heard about the change “a few months ago from someone very senior at the prize, and the argument was that the standard hadn’t been high enough”.
Ion Trewin, literary director of the Man Booker prizes, said on Monday: “There are going to be some changes to the rules of the Man Booker prize for fiction which have been in discussion for some while. The information which is currently in circulation is incomplete.” Full details are to be announced on Wednesday.
Link to the rest at The Guardian and thanks to Nick for the tip.