Booker Prize | History and Winners


2019-10-17 | Team PendulumEdu

Booker Prize is a literary prize awarded every year for the best novel written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. The prize was launched in 1969 with an aim to promote the finest in fiction. Crankstart, the charitable foundation of Sir Michael Moritz and his wife supports the Booker Prizes. The only criteria for the prize is that it would be given for the best novel in the opinion of judges. The judges are selected from various disciplines like critics, writers, academics, politicians, actors, etc. The winner receives £50,000, a cheque for £2,500 that is given to all the shortlisted authors and a designer bound copy of their book.

Bernice Rubens was the first woman to be awarded the Booker Prize in 1970 for “The Elected Member”.

Booker Prize 2019 Winners

2018 Booker Prize was presented to Anna Burns for her novel “Milkman” a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness, a story of inaction with enormous consequences.

2019 Booker Prize is jointly awarded to Canadian writer Margaret Atwood for her novel “The Testaments” and British author Bernardine Evaristo for her novel “Girl, Women, Other” which follows the lives and struggles of 12 different characters.

“Quichotte” by Salman Rushdie, “An Orchestra of Minorities” by Chigozie Obioma, “Ducks, Newburyport” by Lucy Ellmann, etc. were some of the novels that were shortlisted this year. This was the first time when the judges have jointly awarded the prize after the rule was changed in 1992 that the prize must not be divided.  Peter Florence who chaired the jury for 2019 told the reporters: "They happen to be wonderfully compelling, page-turning thrillers, which can speak to the most literary audience, to readers who maybe are only reading one, or in this case I hope two books a year, and can speak at different levels to all sorts of different readerships. So in that sense they are, I hope and believe, really valuable Booker Prize winners."

Recently, Nobel Prize was also declared, Read about Nobel Prize 2019.

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