Golden Man Booker Prize launched to find the best ever Booker Prize-winning novel
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Image: Golden Booker judges Robert McCrum, Lemn Sissay, Kamila Shamsie, Simon Mayo and Hollie McNish
All 51 previous winners of the Man Booker Prize will compete for a once-off Golden Man Booker Prize this year.
The new prize, announced as part of the literary award’s 50th anniversary celebrations, will be judged by decade, with the final five books being put to public vote.
The Golden Booker aims to discover which of the 51 novels ‘has stood the test of time, remaining relevant to readers today’.
Five judges have been appointed to read the winning novels from each decade of the prize: writer and editor Robert McCrum (1970s), poet Lemn Sissay MBE (1980s), novelist Kamila Shamsie (1990s), broadcaster and novelist Simon Mayo (2000s), and poet Hollie McNish (2010s).
Each judge will select one book from their particular decade, and a ‘Golden Five’ shortlist will be announced at the Hay Festival on 26 May 2018.
The five books will then be put to a month-long public vote from 26 May to 25 June 2018 on the Man Booker Prize website to decide the overall winner, to be announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival on 8 July 2018.
‘The very best fiction endures and resonates with readers long after it is written,’ Baroness Helena Kennedy, Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, says. ‘I’m fascinated to see what our panel of excellent judges – including writers and poets, broadcasters and editors – and the readers of today make of the winners of the past, as they revisit the rich Man Booker library.’
The Booker Prize has previously run two special awards, The Best of Booker Award, marking the prize’s 40th anniversary in 2008, and the Booker of Bookers in 1993, for its 25th birthday. Both prizes were won by Salman Rushdie, for Midnight’s Children, which won the Booker 1981.
Other authors with a bit of an edge for the Golden Booker are Hilary Mantel, JM Coetzee and Peter Carey, who have all won the prize twice.
The Complete List of the Man Booker Winners since 1968
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (United States)
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (United States)
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaica)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australia)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Canada/New Zealand)
Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (United Kingdom)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (United Kingdom)
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (United Kingdom)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (United Kingdom)
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (India)
The Gathering by Anne Enright (Ireland)
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (India)
The Sea by John Banville (Ireland)
The Line of Beauty by Allan Hollinghurst (United Kingdom)
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre (Australia)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Canada)
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey (Australia)
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (Canada)
Disgrace by JM Coetzee (South Africa)
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (United Kingdom)
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (India)
Last Orders by Graham Swift (United Kingdom)
The Ghost Road by Pat Barker (United Kingdom)
How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman (United Kingdom)
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle (Ireland)
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth (United Kingdom)*
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Canada/Sri Lanka)*
*Current rules stipulate that the prize may not be divided.
The Famished Road by Ben Okri (Nigeria)
Possession by AS Byatt (United Kingdom)
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (United Kingdom/Japan)
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey (Australia)
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively (United Kingdom)
The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis (United Kingdom)
The Bone People by Keri Hulme (New Zealand)
Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (United Kingdom)
Life & Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee (South Africa)
Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally (Australia)
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (United Kingdom/India)
Rites of Passage by William Golding (United Kingdom)
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald (United Kingdom)
The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch (Ireland/United Kingdom)
Staying On by Paul Scott (United Kingdom)
Saville by David Storey (United Kingdom)
Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (United Kingdom/Germany)
The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)
Holiday by Stanley Middleton (United Kingdom)
The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell (United Kingdom/Ireland)
G. by John Berger (United Kingdom)
‘In a Free State’ (short story)** by VS Naipaul (United Kingdom/Trinidad and Tobago)
**Current Man Booker Prize rules stipulate that, in order to be considered for the award, the submitted book ‘must be a unified and substantial work’, effectively making short stories ineligible.
Troubles by JG Farrell (United Kingdom/Ireland)
***Awarded in 2010. Due to an administrative decision that shifted the Booker Prize eligible publication dates, books published in the year 1970 were excluded from prize consideration for either the 1970 or the 1971 award. In an attempt to rectify the exclusion, in 2010 twenty-two novels published in 1970 were considered for what was deemed ‘The Lost Booker Prize’. JG Farrell’s Troubles was determined to be the winner, and the prize was awarded posthumously.
The Elected Member by Bernice Rubens (United Kingdom)
Something to Answer For by PH Newby (United Kingdom)