Does this ever happen? The public vote would have given the 2018 Not the Booker Prize to a mainstream novel, but the award judges set the result aside and gave it instead to a work of genre interest, the post-apocalyptic novel Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley. O tempora! O mores!
Or as The Guardian phrased it:
Ironically, neither book passed muster with The Guardian’s reviewer Sam Jordison (who was not one of the judges) as you can tell from his reviews — “Not the Booker: Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley review – post-apocalyptic confusion” and “Not the Booker: Raising Sparks by Ariel Kahn review – coincidence unbound “.
[Thanks to Cora Buhlert for the story.]