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Man Booker Prize,

a prize of £50,000 (originally £20,000) for the best novel of the year published in English in Great Britain; prior to 2014, it was only given to a British, Irish, or Commonwealth writer. Great Britain's premier literary award, it was originally known as the Booker Prize and in 1969 was underwritten by the British food-distribution company Booker PLC, later part of The Big Food Group PLC. In 2002 the Booker Foundation was created to award the prize, and the Man Group, a British hedge fund, became sponsor of the award, which was renamed. Recipients of the award have included V. S. NaipaulNaipaul, V. S.
(Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul) , 1932–, English author, b. Chaguanas, Trinidad; grad. University College, Oxford, 1953. Naipul, whose family is descended from Indian Brahmins, has lived in England since 1950.
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, Nadine GordimerGordimer, Nadine
, 1923–2014, South African writer, b. Springs. A member of the African National Congress, Gordimer fought apartheid in her political life and in her writings, which often combine the political and personal.
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, Iris MurdochMurdoch, Dame Iris
(Dame Jean Iris Murdoch) , 1919–99, British novelist and philosopher, b. Dublin, Ireland, grad. Oxford (1942). In 1948 she was named lecturer in philosophy at Oxford, and in 1963 she was made an honorary fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford.
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, Salman RushdieRushdie, Sir Salman
, 1947–, British novelist, b. Bombay (now Mumbai, India). He is known for the allusive richness of his language and the wide variety of Eastern and Western characters and cultures he explores.
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, A. S. ByattByatt, A. S.
(Antonia Susan Byatt) , 1936–, British novelist; sister of Margaret Drabble. Educated at Cambridge, Bryn Mawr College, Pa., and Oxford, she is a noted critic and novelist whose work is erudite, subtle, and passionate.
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, J. M. CoetzeeCoetzee, J. M.
(John Maxwell Coetzee) , 1940–, South African novelist, b. John Michael Coetzee. Educated at the Univ. of Cape Town (M.A. 1963) and the Univ. of Texas (Ph.D.
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, Peter CareyCarey, Peter,
1943–, Australian novelist, b. near Melbourne. Carey's combination of science fiction and fantasy motifs with a realistic style, displayed in the short stories in The Fat Man in History (1974), War Crimes (1979), and Collected Stories
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, Ian McEwanMcEwan, Ian
(Ian Russell McEwan) , 1948–, English novelist, b. Aldershot, grad. Univ. of Sussex (B.A., 1970), Univ. of East Anglia (M.A., 1971). His early short-story collections, First Love, Last Rites (1975) and Between the Sheets (1978), and novels,
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, Margaret AtwoodAtwood, Margaret Eleanor,
1939–, Canadian novelist and poet. Atwood is a skilled and powerful storyteller whose novels, mainly set in the near future, sometimes make use of such popular genres as historical, detective, and science fiction.
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, and Julian BarnesBarnes, Julian Patrick,
English author, 1946–, b. Leicester, grad. Magdalen College, Oxford (1968). During the 1970s and 80s he was a critic and editor for the New Statesman and New Review, a correspondent for The New Yorker,
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The Man Booker International Prize was introduced in 2004. Originally given for overall achievement in fiction, it was presented every two years to a living author of any nationality whose fiction was either written in English or was generally available in English translation. It was first given (2005) to the Albanian novelist Ismail KadareKadare, Ismail,
1936–, Albanian novelist and poet, widely regarded as his country's most important contemporary writer, b. Gjirokastër, studied Univ. of Tiranë, Gorky Institute of World Literature, Moscow; his time at the latter institution, which sought to
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 and was subsequently awarded to Nigerian Chinua AchebeAchebe, Chinua
, 1930–2013, Nigerian writer, b. Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. A graduate of University College, Ibadan (1953), Achebe, an Igbo who wrote in English, is one of Africa's most acclaimed authors, and is considered by some to be the father of modern African
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, Canadian Alice MunroMunro, Alice,
1931–, Canadian writer, b. Wingham, Ont., as Alice Ann Laidlaw. Much acclaimed as one of the finest contemporary short-story writers, Munro is known for quiet, insightfully realistic, and irony-tinged works that deal with daily life and are written in
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, Americans Philip RothRoth, Philip,
1933–, American author, b. Newark, N.J., grad. Univ. of Chicago (M.A., 1955). His writings, noted for their irony and themes of identity, rebellion, and sexuality, deal largely with middle-class Jewish-American life.
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 and Lydia DavisDavis, Lydia,
1947–, American writer known for innovative, very short stories, b. Northampton, Mass., studied Barnard College. Davis earned early praise for her translations from the French and has continued to produce critically acclaimed translations of such authors as
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, and Hungarian László KrasznahorkaiKrasznahorkai, Lázló,
1954–, Hungarian writer known for his strange, bleak, obsessive, and surreal novels, short stories, and film scripts. Usually marked by grim rural settings, and often featuring sentences that go on for pages, his prose works are
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. In 2015 the award was made an annual prize (from 2016) for the best novel published in English translation in Great Britain, with the prize money of £50,000 to be shared by the author and translator.

The Man Asian Literary Prize was founded by the Hong Kong International Literary Festival with the financial support of the Man Group. Awarded for the years 2007–12, it aimed to bring new Asian writers to the attention of the world literary community, to encourage the translation and publication in English of such writers' works, and to emphasize Asia's increasing role in world literature.

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Marlon James, winner of this year's prestigious Man Booker Prize, will be flying in from America on Monday, to help launch an ambitious events programme which will include evening talks from high-profile authors, celebrity book signings, local book launches, reading groups and regular children's activities.
Richard Flanagan received the Man Booker Prize for a novel which writes of the traumatic experiences of his own father, who was one of hundreds of thousands of prisoners of war at Japanese labor camps in 1943, toiling on the construction of the Thailand-Burma railway.
Man Booker prize winner Ben Okri, a Nigerian writer and poet who won accolades for his novel The Famished Road, will take part in a panel discussion titled aACAyThe magic of storytelling: exploring the imagination'.
New authors, as well as seasoned contenders are on this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist, which is comprised of: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
BEIRUT: Lebanese author Hoda Barakat was as surprised as anyone when she found out that she was under consideration as a potential winner of the sixth Man Booker International Prize.
Clockwise from top left, David Mitchell, David Nicholls, Joseph O'Neill and <B Howard Jacobson, who have been nominated for this year's Man Booker Prize
Robert Macfarlane, chair of the Man Booker Prize judges, said of Catton's novel: "It's a dazzling work.
The Luminaries' having 832 pages is the longest book to win the Man Booker prize which in turn annoyed the critics even more.
Hilary Mantel is favoured to become the first woman to win the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction twice, with her historical novel "Bring Up the Bodies" ahead of Will Self's "Umbrella" in the bookmakers' rankings.
Man Group sponsors such literary prizes as the Man Booker Prize, the Man Booker International Prize, the Lost Man Booker Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize.
Summary: The author of the novel, The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes, has won the Man Booker Prize.
JULIAN Barnes won the Man Booker Prize last night for his novel The Sense of an Ending.