Twenty six years ago, the panel of judges were so unsure who should win the Man Booker in 1992 that they ended up with a tie: Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth. But on Sunday evening Ondaatje edged ahead, with his bestselling novel The English Patient being named the best winner of the Booker prize of the last 50 years, in a public vote.
Speaking at the close of the Man Booker 50 festival in the Southbank Centre, London, on Sunday, Ondaatje said he had not reread The English Patient, which moves between a nurse tending a horribly burned man in an Italian villa at the end of the second world war and a tragic love affair from his past, since 1992.
The Golden Man Booker Prize shortlist
The ‘Golden Five’, selected by the prize’s five judges to showcase the winning books from Man Booker history that have best stood the test of time, are: In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul; Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively; The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
Hear the winner announced on 8th July 2018 at Golden Man Booker Live, the closing event of Man Booker 50 festival at London’s Southbank Centre. The event will feature live readings from the shortlisted novels in a star-studded evening of entertainment. You can vote for the shortlisted book of your choice to win the Golden Man Booker Prize below:
*Voting is open from 6.30pm Saturday 26th May until midnight 25th June. One vote per person. Ts & Cs apply.