6 March 2008

Man Booker Prize celebrates 40 years

This year the Man Booker Prize celebrates its 40th anniversary and there will be a special one-off award which will see the public choosing which has been the most outstanding of all the Booker Prize winners. Panel judges, chaired by Victoria Glendinning will select six books for the shortlist which will then be made open to the public to make the final decision.

Victoria Glendinning said: “The Best of the Booker is a wonderful opportunity to read, or reread, some of the best literature in English of the past four decades. We are having a very good time revisiting the now-classic novels which won the Booker long ago, as well as the celebrated ones from recent years. All readers will enjoy this, and we look forward to hearing what the voters think - and which one, from our shortlist, they will judge the Best of the Booker.”

Canadian writer Yann Martel took the Man Booker Prize home in 2002 with his novel Life of Pi and is favourite to win the Best of the Booker at William Hill bookmakers with odds of 4/1.
Yann Martel said: “When I was describing to people what Pi was about they'd roll their eyes, finding it incredibly implausible.”
Previous Booker winners available as downloads at Audible are:

Shin Suzuma, Audible Work Experience

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