Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

'The English Patient' wins Golden Man Booker

'The English Patient' wins Golden Man Booker

But on Sunday evening Ondaatje edged ahead, with his bestselling novel The English Patient being named the best victor of the Booker prize of the last 50 years, in a public vote.

The English Patient is a tale of love and conflict during World War II. Four years later, it was made into a feature film that swept the Oscars - winning nine awards including Best Picture.

While Ondaatje's "English Patient" listed for the "90s, 'In a Free State by V.S. Naipul represented the '70s, 'Moon Tiger" by Penelope Lively stood for the '80s, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was selected for the 2000s, and last year's victor Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was chosen for the ongoing '10s.

Each of the judges for the Golden Man Booker Prize was allocated a decade from the prize's history and tasked with selecting the best work from it. The book was adapted into a 1996 film by Anthony Minghella. Novelist Shamsie, author of Home Fire, selected the Second World War classic from all of the winners of the 1990s. It is reported by The New York Times.

The victor of the special one-off competition held to mark the Man Booker Prize's 50th anniversary celebrations was chosen by the public.


"It's intricately (and rewardingly) structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page", Shamsie said."Ondaatje's imagination acknowledges no borders as it moves between Cairo, Italy, India, England, Canada - and between deserts and villas and bomb craters".

Twenty six years ago, the panel of judges were so unsure who should win the Man Booker in 1992 that they ended up with a tie: Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth.

Booker Prize Foundation chair Baroness Helena Kennedy said the story was "a compelling work of fiction".

The other judges of the Golden Man Booker were writer and editor Robert McCrum, poet Lemn Sissay, broadcaster Simon Mayo and poet Hollie McNish.

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