Australians cheer Flanagan's Booker Prize win

October 15, 2014 10:21 AM

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LONDON (AP) — Australian literature-lovers cheered Wednesday after Richard Flanagan won the prestigious Booker Prize with a visceral story of wartime brutality and its aftermath — a novel the head of the judging team said was as powerful as a kick in the stomach.

The country's government may be less pleased. Flanagan in a post-awards interview that Prime Minister Tony Abbott's environmental policies made him "ashamed to be Australian."

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