Private: Wood’s Vernon God Little review provokes angry letters

James Wood is accused of making “serious, defamatory and false” accusations about the Booker Prize committee in his review of Vernon God Little for the November 20 issue of the London Review of Books. In the review, Wood said: “Last year, the prize’s new sponsors let it be known that it was time for a shiny new populism, and so far the judges have concurred.”

He now clarifies his position: “I was being idly figurative, and am happy to retract any imputation that the sponsors influenced in any way the outcome of the prize.”