Former spy to chair Man Booker Prize 2011

Former spy to chair Man Booker Prize 2011

<p>Former MI5 boss Stella Rimington is to chair next&#39;s year&#39;s Booker Prize, taking over the role from poet Andrew Motion. An official announcement has not yet been made, but the appointment was confirmed today by Booker&#39;s PR agency Colman Getty.</p><p>According to the <em>Times</em>, Rimington will be the only head of the judging panel to have had a book published in the year they judge the prize. Her next book <em>Deep Secret</em> will be published in July 2011. Her publisher is Bloomsbury also the publisher of the current Booker winner Howard Jacobson.<br /><br />Professor John Sutherland, a one time Booker chair, said Rimington would be a good chair was she was &quot;used to chairing meetings&quot;.</p>