<p>Booker judge Alex Clark says that judging this year's prize "isn't as easy as it looks" and regrets that she doesn't "get to answer back". </p><p>Writing her first blog post for the official Man Booker Prize website, she wonders whether after years working as a literary journalist, she is "poacher-turned-gamekeeper or vice versa" and adds that the process is an "exhilarating ride".</p><p>Commenting on the usual flood of comment on the longlist selection, Clark writes: "The comments, both positive and negative, that have appeared in newspapers and online in the last couple of days have hardly taken me by surprise - in fact, I think they've been largely well-informed, interesting and engaged, with only occasional moments of bilious ill temper - but there is one obvious sacrifice that being a judge entails: you don't get to answer back. In other words, as much as any of us might be itching to explain precisely why book x was omitted or book y included, what we admired about this novel and found disappointing in another, we must simply keep our mouths shut."</p>
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