first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe rules for the Man Booker say the $101,720 prize will be awarded to the “author of the best, eligible full-length novel in the opinion of the judges.” The winner will be announced Oct. 16 at a ceremony in London. British author Ian McEwan defended himself against criticism that his book “On Chesil Beach,” which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, is too short to count as a novel. At just over 200 pages, the book’s action unfolds over one evening as a newlywed couple embark on their honeymoon. “You allow yourself the possibility of writing in real time,” McEwan told an audience at the New Yorker Festival in New York. “It could never be a long novel.” He brushed off discussion in the British press whether “On Chesil Beach” was a novel or novella and questions over whether it should have been entered for the Man Booker prize. “That’s their problem, not mine, I think,” he said. McEwan has won the Booker once before, for “Amsterdam” in 1998, and he is the favorite to win again this year. But he told the festival audience: “I still feel I haven’t written the novel that I really want to write.” last_img read more