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Julian Barnes 'relieved and delighted' at winning Booker Prize

18 October 2011 Last updated at 22:11 BST

Julian Barnes has won the Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending, having missed out on three previous occasions.

The 65-year-old writer had been the bookmakers' favourite to win.

Barnes thanked the "judges' wisdom" as he was presented with the £50,000 prize at London's Guildhall.

"It is a beautifully written book," said ex-MI5 boss Dame Stella Rimington, chairwoman of the 2011 judges.

"We thought it was a book that spoke to humankind in the 21st Century," she said.