Thomas Cromwell by Hans Holbein.
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Mantel’s prize-winning novels put imaginary flesh on the skeletal historical record and gives us the complete picture of the Tudor courtier.
Two brilliant novels, two deserving writers. Sometimes you need to have two prizes.
This year’s shortlisted novels.
Rules for the UK’s most prestigious and lucrative literary prize effectively mean it is dominated by big publishers.
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The Booker Prize is 50 – and to celebrate it, there’s a mega prize.
Man Booker International Prize
The best translated fiction available in English.
The Booker Prize jury has done us a favour by drawing attention to this book.
George Saunders has become the second American to win the Man Booker.
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Autumn is the first novel to tackle the UK’s impending departure from the EU.
The shortlist is out, but who wins? You decide.
The newfound celebrity.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
What counts as literature? It’s less to do with genre than we think.
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This year’s competition includes a more eclectic range of writers than perhaps we’ve become used to.
Marlon James, who this week became the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize, represents a new generation of Caribbean novelists.
Marlon James won the Booker Prize this week with a book that focuses on the unrest and violence of 1970s Jamaica, a troubled chapter that continues to shape the island nation’s present - and its future.
Whether it’s ethnicity, gender or publishing firm, the Man Booker must do more to correct its poor track record.
Marlon James becomes the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize, from a shortlist of novels which reshaped the English language.
Anne Tyler’s Booker short-listed novel is an exquisite meditation on family life.
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Male friendship is often overlooked in the 20th-century novel, but in her Booker short-listed novel Yanagihara places it centre.
Bob Marley in 1981.
Marlon James’s book is a whirlwind of different voices ostensibly about the infamous failed assassination of Bob Marley in 1976.
Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island is certainly an epoch-defining novel, at least inasmuch as it revolves around the task of defining our epoch.
The book prize is the publisher’s answer to the persistent grumble that fiction is in its death throes; an attempt to combat the perceived threat of the digital.