'The English Patient' voted best Man Booker Prize winner

‘The English Patient’ voted best Man Booker Prize winner ever

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) has been crowned the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize, it was announced today (Sunday 8 July). The one-off award, voted for by the public, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker prize. The novel had won the Booker prize in 1992 and movie was made on it featuring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche in 1996, which won 9 Academy Awards.

The 50th anniversary of the prize is being magnified globally with Man Booker author events at global literary festivals across the world.

A panel of judges read all 52 former winners of the award, with each assigned a decade from the Booker's history.

"Not for a second do I believe this is the best book on the list", said Ondaatje, who was quoted in the Guardian.

"The English Patient is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical", Booker Prize Foundation chair Baroness Helena Kennedy said in a statement.

The 1970s finalist was "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, while "Moon Tiger" by British writer Penelope Lively was the 1980s choice.

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Judge Kamila Shamsie said it was "that rare novel which gets under your skin". "It moves seamlessly between the epic and the intimate - one moment you're in looking at the vast sweep of the desert and the next moment watching a nurse place a piece of plum in a patient's mouth". The organizing Committee praised her novel Flights ("Flights"), translated Jennifer Croft.

The victor of the special one-off competition held to mark the Man Booker Prize's 50th anniversary celebrations was chosen by the public. The writer won the Booker prize for the English patient in 1992.

They couldn't call it the Best of the Booker because that was awarded in 2008 to celebrate the prize's 40th anniversary (and went to Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children").

We will remind, in may the victor of the International Booker prize in 2018 was the Polish writer with Ukrainian roots Olga Tokarchuk.

His latest novel is "Warlight", which was released in May and follows two siblings separated from their parents in London in 1945.

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