The Man Booker Prize, or Booker Prize for short, is awarded annually for the best full length English novel by an author of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland or Zimbabwe. It was first awarded to P. H. Newby in 1969 for his book entitled ‘Something to Answer for’.
It is a very prestigious prize and if won it generally equates with great international success, it is even an honour to be included in either or both the longlist and shortlist for the prize. Beyond the honour and international market success this prize assures it also includes a £50,000 cash prize. The winner of the prize is normally announced in London’s Guildhall in October.
Related to this prize is another called the Man Booker International Prize awarded biennially to any living author.
For readers, the Man Booker Prize is an indication of a fantastic book. I would recommend trying any book which has won this prestigious award.
Here are the past winners of the Man Booker Prize:
|2009||Hilary Mantel||Wolf Hall||UK|
|2008||Aravind Adiga||The White Tiger||India|
|2007||Anne Enright||The Gathering||Ireland|
|2006||Kiran Desai||The Inheritance of Loss||India|
|2005||John Banville||The Sea||Ireland|
|2004||Alan Hollinghurst||The Line of Beauty||UK|
|2003||DBC Pierre||Vernon God Little||Australia/Mexico|
|2002||Yann Martel||Life of Pi||Canada|
|2001||Peter Carey||True History of the Kelly Gang||Australia|
|2000||Margaret Atwood||The Blind Assassin||Canada|
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