The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje wins the Golden Man Booker Prize
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) has been crowned the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize, it was announced today (Sunday 8 July). The Golden Man Booker winner was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre.
The winner of this special one-off award for the Man Booker Prize’s 50thanniversarycelebrations was chosen by the public. All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize’s history, before the books faced a month-long public vote on the Man Booker website.
The judges were: Robert McCrum, who chose In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul for the 1970s;Lemn Sissay, who chose Moon Tigerby Penelope Lively for the 1980s;Kamila Shamsie, who chose The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje for the 1990s;Simon Mayo, who chose Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel for the noughties; and Hollie McNish, who chose Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders for the 2010s.
At Golden Man Booker Live, judge Kamila Shamsie discussed why she had chosen The English Patient as her winner of the 1990s, before an extract of the book was performed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Ondaatje was presented with his golden trophy.