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.
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.’