Last week’s award of the Booker Prize to two winners upset almost everybody except the laureates themselves, Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo.

The decision — or rather the indecision — distressed me, too, and not only because it set a bad example for the Financial Times and McKinsey book award, which I help to organise (judges, if you’re reading: don’t even think about it). When a prize or a leadership position is split, it usually means someone has shirked their duty to make their mind up.

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