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Chancellor’s Autumn Statement makes Booker fiction list

The Chancellor is on course to win the nation’s top literary prize for a ‘completely fabricated’ depiction of the British economy. With his mythical world of unicorns and balanced budgets, his accounting has all the hallmarks of a contemporary fairy story, with more than a hint of ‘Grimm’ about it. One English teacher explained: ‘It’s not intended to be taken literally. It’s magical realism. Creative accounting. Or as Hemmingway would have described it - a ‘crock of shit’.’

The fantasy has elements of other great works – ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘Catch 22’ and ‘The Hunger Games’. Said one fan: ‘It reminds me of The Borrowers – if all their borrowing was from Wonga’.

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