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The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje wins the Golden Man Booker Prize

Dame Hilary Mantel Booker Prize winning author at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje wins the Golden Man Booker Prize
Hannah Rogers | 11 July, 2018, 22:22

Roman Michael Ondaatje "the English patient" won the "Golden man Booker prize" - a special award for the best book in 50 years of the award. The victor was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre in London on Sunday.

The English Patient, written by University of Toronto alumnus Michael Ondaatje, has been voted the greatest recipient of the Man Booker Prize from the past half-century.

The Canadian writer's tale of love and conflict during the Second World War was named victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize for fiction at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

The list even included "Moon tiger", Penelope lively, 1987, "Wolf hall", Hilary Mantel, 2009, "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders, "In a free state" Vidyadhara Napola.

Each of the judges for the Golden Man Booker Prize was allocated a decade from the prize's history and tasked with selecting the best work from it.

"The English Patient" beat out four other books to claim the award, which was voted on by the public.

"The English Patient is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight", said the novelist.

"Not for a second do I believe this is the best book on the list – or any other list that could have been put together of Booker novels", Ondaatje said at the awards ceremony at London's Southbank yesterday. "It's intricately and rewardingly structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page", said Shamsie, as reported by the Guardian.

"And through all this, he makes you fall in love with his characters, live their joys and their sorrows".

The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969 and has been sponsored by Man Group since 2002.

"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative".

The English Patient was adapted into a film in 1996.

In 2008, the Booker Prize held a similar competition for its 40th anniversary, when the public voted for Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children", which originally won in 1981.

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