Only last month, the Whitbread Book Awards 2005 shortlist was announced. Now the Sunday Times is reporting that Whitbread -- once Britain's best-known brewer -- has decided it's closing time. Not to worry if you're one of those nominated for the 2005 prize: Whitbread's not reneging on that one, which will be announced next month.
(I notice that Hugh Grant was a judge last year. Well, why not? The guy's an Oxford grad, for God's sake -- and he played a book shop owner in Notting Hill.)