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Man Booker Prize 2017

The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize 2017 was announced on 17th October - Lincoln in the Bardo by US author George Saunders.   The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers. 

Man Booker Prize 2017 Shortlisted titles

Winner: Lincoln in the Bardo

Lola, Baroness Young, 2017 Chair of judges, comments on the winner, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: ‘The form and style of this utterly original novel, reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative. This tale of the haunting and haunted souls in the afterlife of Abraham Lincoln’s young son paradoxically creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters that populate this other world. Lincoln in the Bardo is both rooted in, and plays with history, and explores the meaning and experience of empathy.’

The Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award and has the power to transform the fortunes of authors and publishers.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017 was announced on 17th October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner, with the ceremony to be broadcast by the BBC.

Baroness Lola Young is the chair of the judges, with literary critic, Lila Azam Zanganeh; Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Sarah Hall; artist, Tom Phillips CBE RA; and travel writer, Colin Thubron CBE joining her on the judging panel.

The Man Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and 2017 marks its 49th year. Hilary Mantel made history in 2012 when she won the prize for the second time with Bring up the Bodies, as the first woman and the first British author to win the prize twice. A full history of the prize, including an interactive timeline, can be found on the Man Booker Prize website – www.themanbookerprize.com.

News about the prize can also be found on Twitter @ManBookerPrize

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