^ Note #A: "…in 1971, just two years after it began, the Booker Prize ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became – as it is today – a prize for the best novel of the year of publication. At the same time the award moved from April to November and, as a result, a wealth of fiction published for much of 1970 fell through the net and was never considered for the prize." See "Lost Man Booker Prize shortlist announced". bookerprize.com.
^Alan Taylor is an associate editor of the Sunday Herald. He was formerly a board member of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. He edited a diarist collection with his wife Irene that was published in 2011 entitled The Assassin's Cloak.