What is The Man Booker Prize?

The Man Booker Prize aims to promote the 'finest in fiction' and is awarded each year to the book adjudged as the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 18, 2017 9:22 am
The Man Booker Prize, what is The Man Booker Prize, The Man Booker Prize  2017, Man Booker Prize Winner, list of The Man Booker Prize winners The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives £50,000.

The leading literary award in English, The Man Booker Prize was launched in 1969. It aims to promote the ‘finest in fiction’ and is awarded each year to the book adjudged as the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.

The winner of The Man Booker Prize receives £50,000. Sponsored by Man Group, the foundation also awards £2,500 and a designer bound copy of their book to each of the six shortlisted authors. The winner and shortlisted authors are also guaranteed a worldwide readership as well as a dramatic spike in book sales.

The judges of The Man Booker Prize are chosen from a wide range of disciplines including critics, writers, academics, poets, politicians, actors and ‘all with a passion for quality fiction’. Subject to widespread speculation before the official announcement, the prize usually brings the winner a huge boost in sales and profile.

man booker prize, George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo, man booker award, what is the man booker prize, what is, indian express news George Saunders, author of ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’, poses for photographers after winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017 in London. (Photo – Reuters)

The award, announced at a black-tie dinner at the Guildhall in London, was previously open only to writers from Britain, Ireland, Zimbabwe or countries in the British Commonwealth. Previous winners of the award include Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, Iris Murdoch and Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.

The 2017 Man Booker Prize has been awarded to US-based author George Saunders for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo.

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