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Plinth moment for Booker authors

Graham Fudger reading on the Fourth Plinth
Graham Fudger said he wanted to bring the books to the public's attention

A book lover has used his hour on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth to celebrate the longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Graham Fudger, 45, is one of the 2,400 people chosen to participate in Anthony Gormley's One & Other Project.

He read extracts from 11 of the 13 longlisted titles before giving copies of the books to members of the public.

Mr Fudger, a press photographer from Hertfordshire, said: "I was terrified, but I loved it."

Chimp autobiography

He added: "It's a great historical environment and the experience is totally different to reading alone.

"You want to do justice to each of the books, as you are interpreting other people's work."

Mr Fudger, 45, said his favourite of the longlisted books was James Lever's Me Cheeta - the purported autobiography of the chimpanzee Cheeta, who gained Hollywood stardom in the Tarzan movies.

The list also includes books by Sarah Waters, Colm Tobin, JM Coetzee and AS Byatt.

Mr Fudger decided how to spend his hour on the plinth after meeting three of the Booker judges.

"I feel the prize is important as it brings things you wouldn't normally hear to the public's attention. It helps to put good writers from the Commonwealth forward."

The shortlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on 8 September.

The winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced on Tuesday 6 October at London's Guildhall.

The One & Other project continues in Trafalgar Square until 14 October.



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