Last week, I had the pleasure of reading a book before it was announced as a Man Booker longlistee: that doesn’t often happen! I do not have a high opinion of past winners of the Booker. Those that I’ve tried have been severely disappointing, dreary or plain irritating. I obviously don’t read what the judges think I ought to. However, if Laila Lalami’s novel The Moor’s Account reaches the shortlist, I will be delighted. If it wins, I shall eat celebratory cake on her behalf, prodigiously.