The Man Booker Prize is one of the most esteemed prize in literary circles and the 2018 winner has now been announced. It was back in July we saw the coveted longlist and in September this was reduced down to the Man Booker shortlist. Now in a glittering awards ceremony, Anna Burns, author of Milkman is announced as the Man Booker winner 2018.
Anna Burns is the first Northern Irish winner of the prize and revealed she is ‘stunned’ to win. She will now receive £50,000 in prize money and of course all the accolade and increased sales that come with winning the coveted prize.
Milkman is set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and is a coming of age story about a young girl’s affair with a married man. Judges called the story marvellous and highlighted the “distinctive and consistently realised voice of the funny, resilient, astute, plain-spoken, first-person protagonist”.
Now three years later, journalist Philippe Lancon who was injured in the deadly attacks has won the Femina Prize, a prestigious award for his book, Le Lambeau, an account of the attack and how it has affected Lancon’s life.
This year the award has added a new category for poetry, alongside the seven existing categories. Books are My Bag asked you to vote and you did so in your thousands and the winners are now in for the Books are My Bag Readers Awards, sponsored by National Book Tokens.
It’s a little over a month since the National Book Award Finalists were announced and if you were keenly awaiting the winners, here they are.
A few nights ago the final show launched, which meant Number 1 in the Great American Read was announced. It will come as no surprise to many to hear that the number one book was selected as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, but there were a few surprises throughout the list.