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Francis Plug

Francis Plug

Paul Ewen

My book wasn’t present, and its omission, due to an oversight some months before, was quite striking. It was, however, in my satchel, so I retrieved it and added it to the group, right at the front, slightly obscuring one or two of the other titles. I took some photos of this, and when satisfied, I stood back, catching the attention of passersby, nodding towards the shortlist. Francis Plug, 'author' of Paul Ewen's How to Be a Public Author, crashes the Man Booker Prize ceremony.

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