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Book Talk: “Lost for Words” pokes fun at Britain’s literary Oscars

LONDON: "Lost for Words" by British writer Edward St Aubyn is a merciless send-up of Britain's literary "Oscars", which stir up a media frenzy every year over which novel should win and a backlash if the favourite doesn't. The Man Booker prize winner is assured fame and fortune and increased sales at least in the short term. But the judges seem to have trouble trying to balance the promotion of new writers with rewarding established authors. They have a reputation for coming up with unexpected choices and have been accused…