BOOKER PRIZE

  • Neel Mukherjee loses Man Booker Prize to Richard Flanagan October 15, 2014

    London: India-born British author Neel Mukherjee lost out on the 2014 Booker Prize to Australian novelist Richard Flanagan, who won the prestigious literary prize for 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North' that tells the story of prisoners of war on the Burma railway. The novel, Tasmania-born Flanagan's sixth, is set...
  • Neel Mukherjee's novel in Booker Prize shortlist September 9, 2014

    London: Kolkataborn British author Neel Mukherjee's latest novel The Lives of Others, set in troubled Bengal of the 1960s and centres around a dysfunctional family, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Booker Prize 2014, in its debut as a global literary award. Mukherjee, who studied at Oxford and Cambridge, was also...
  • BritishIndian author longlisted for Man Booker Prize July 24, 2014

    London: A novel written by a British Indian author has made it to the first long list of the coveted Man Booker Prize for fiction for this year. Londonbased Neel Mukherjee was among 2014 longlist or Man Bookers 'Dozen' for his novel "The Lives of Others" which was published in May...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri loses out in Booker race to Eleanor Catton October 16, 2013

    IndianAmerican novelist Jhumpa Lahiri lost out on the Man Booker Prize to Eleanor Catton, who has become the youngest writer to win the prestigious literary prize in London. At 832 pages, Catton's 'The Luminaries' was the longest novel and described as an "extraordinary" 19th century gold rush murder mystery. "I thank the...
  • Crace, Catton favourites for fiction's Booker prize October 15, 2013

    London: Britain's Jim Crace and New Zealand's Eleanor Catton are the favorites to win the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction on Tuesday, among six contenders who include the first black African woman to be a finalist and a Zen Buddhist priest. Bookmakers say Crace's village parable 'Harvest' and Catton's sprawling goldrush...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Lowland' shortlisted for Man Booker Prize September 10, 2013

    Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri has made it to this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist for her new fiction 'The Lowland', an intimate portrayal of two brothers set in Kolkata of the 1960's. Her tale, set in the suburban streets of Calcutta of the 1960s and told through the eyes of brothers...
  • Lydia Davis wins Man Booker International fiction prize May 23, 2013

    London: American short story writer Lydia Davis won the fifth Man Booker International Prize for fiction on Wednesday for a body of work that includes some of the briefest tales ever published. Davis, a professor of creative writing at the University of Albany, is best known for work that Observer critic...
  • Next James Bond novel out on September 26 February 20, 2013

    London: A new James Bond novel, written by Booker Prize nominee William Boyd, will be released on September 26 this year. The title is being kept under wraps, but publishers Jonathan Cape says the book will feature a slightly older 007, in keeping with the latest film, reported BBC online. Boyd...
  • UR Ananthamurthy in Man Booker Prize shortlist January 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Eminent writer UR Ananthamurthy has been shortlisted among 10 other authors for the international Man Booker Prize for fiction. Ananthamurthy, 80, is the only Indian to have made it to the final list of the prestigious prize. The list was unveiled today by the chair of judges Sir Christopher...
  • William Dalrymple, Rushdie top authors' reading list December 28, 2012

    New Delhi: When leading authors like Aravind Adiga, Jeet Thayil and Amit Chaudhuri were not writing in 2012, they were reading a lot be it works of Naresh Fernandes, William Dalrymple or Anjali Joseph. Mumbaibased journalist Fernandes' book "Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age" topped the reading...
  • British author Hilary Mantel wins 2012 Man Booker Prize October 17, 2012

    London: British writer Hilary Mantel won the prestigious Booker literary prize for a second time Tuesday with her bloodsoaked Tudor saga 'Bring Up the Bodies,' which the head of the judging panel said had "rewritten the book" on historical fiction. Mantel, who took the 50,000 pound ($82,000) award in 2009 for...
  • Hilary Mantel favorite to with the Man Booker 2012 October 16, 2012

    London: Judges are choosing the winner of Britain's most prestigious literary trophy from a shortlist that includes novels set in the court of King Henry VIII and the opium dens of Mumbai. Hilary Mantel is favored to win the 50,000 pound ($82,000) Booker Prize with "Bring Up the Bodies," a tale...
  • Booker Prize for 2012 to be announced today October 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Man Booker Prize winner for 2012 will be announced today, as some are calling it "the book world's equivalent of Oscars night". India's Jeet Thayil is also in the running for his debut book Narcopolis, a prize worth 50,000 pounds. Indian writer Jeet Thayil's first novel 'Narcopolis',...
  • Man Booker Prize travels to India in 2013 September 26, 2012

    London: Jaipur will play an important role in the Man Booker International Prize 2013 as the judges will announce the list of finalists for the award at the venue of a prestigious literature festival held in the city. The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, the largest and liveliest literary festival in...
  • Indian writer Jeet Thayil on Man Booker shortlist September 11, 2012

    London: Indian writer Jeet Thayil's first novel 'Narcopolis', described as a compelling tale of Mumbai's hazy world of opium addiction, has made it to the sixauthor shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2012 announced today. Apart from 53yearold Keralaborn Thayil, authors on the shortlist are Deborah Levy, Hilary Mantel, Alison Moore,...
  • Midnight's Children: Clips people are talking about September 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Midnight's Children is an epic film from Oscarnominated director Deepa Mehta, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay...
  • Indians who have won the Man Booker in the past July 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian author and poet Jeet Thayil features among 12 authors longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his book Narcopolis. The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the best book of the year. The prize is the world's most important literary award...
  • Rushdie to return to India after death threats March 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Salman Rushdie will return to India this week to speak at a conference, under two months after death threats forced the Booker Prizewinning author to pull out of Asia's biggest literary festival, the event organiser said on Tuesday. Rushdie's attempt to visit India in January brought protests from some...
  • No info of threat to Rushdie: Police sources January 21, 2012

    Mumbai: Adding a new twist to the controversy over Salman Rushdie's participation in the Jaipur Literature Festival, sources in Mumbai Police denied giving any inputs about paid assassins. The sources countered the Bookerwinning author's claim that paid assassins were out to get him. The sources told CNNIBN there were no intelligence...
  • Booker winner, poet laureate vie for UK Costa prize November 16, 2011

    London: Julian Barnes, who won this year's Man Booker Prize for Fiction, and Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's poet laureate, were among the nominees for the 2011 Costa Book Awards announced on Tuesday. English author Barnes is one of four shortlisted for the best novel category for "The Sense of an Ending",...
  • Julian Barnes wins prestigious Booker Prize October 19, 2011

    London: It was fourth time lucky for British writer Julian Barnes, who won literature's Booker Prize on Tuesday after a contest that had as many insults, rivalries and bitter accusations as a paperback potboiler. Barnes, a finalist on three previous occasions who once described the contest as "posh bingo," finally triumphed...
  • 'Cat's Table' highly recommended for a lazy weekend October 18, 2011

    Whether or not you've read the Booker Prizewinning The English Patient, try out 'The Cat's Table'. They're leagues apart in subject and theme, and it's quite clear that Michael Ondaatje's a master his graceful use of language and effortless scenesetting ensure you glide right into the story. It's almost a...
  • Author Barnes backed for Booker amid literary spat October 17, 2011

    London: English author and fourtime nominee Julian Barnes, who once dismissed the Man Booker Prize for fiction as "posh bingo," is favored to win it on Tuesday with his novel "The Sense of an Ending." The annual award to a writer in English from the Commonwealth, Ireland or Zimbabwe is a...
  • Barnes shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction September 6, 2011

    London: English author Julian Barnes was one of six authors shortlisted for the coveted Man Booker Prize for Fiction on Tuesday, and he is the bookmakers' favourite to win the award when it is announced in October. Barnes, nominated for 'The Sense of an Ending', appears on the shortlist for the...
  • No Indian writers on Man Booker Prize longlist July 26, 2011

    New Delhi: The longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction the 'Man Booker Dozen' is announced. The 13 books on the list include: one former Man Booker Prize winner; two previously shortlisted writers and one longlisted author; four first time novelists and three Canadian writers. The...
  • 'Last man in Tower' outlines contemporary Mumbai July 10, 2011

    Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga's latest book 'Last man in Tower' tells the story of contemporary Mumbai. ...
  • Philip Roth wins Man Booker International Prize May 18, 2011

    Sydeny: Philip Roth, the muchlauded author of 'Portnoy's Complaint', won the biennial Man Booker International Prize on Wednesday, adding to a collection of prizes that includes two National Book Awards. Roth, whose work includes his noted 1959 debut 'Goodbye, Columbus', has also won the Pulitzer Prize for 'American Pastoral', featuring favoured...
  • Booker honours UK novelist Beryl Bainbridge April 21, 2011

    London: Organizers of the Booker Prize have recognized oftennominated Beryl Bainbridge with a posthumous "best of" award. The special prize, which pitted Bainbridge's five Bookernominated books against each other in a "Best of Beryl" competition, went to "Master Georgie," a 1998 novel set during the Crimean War. The prize's literary director Ion...
  • John le Carre turns down prize nomination March 30, 2011

    Sydney: John le Carre was nominated for the Man Booker prize recognizing an author's lifetime contribution to fiction, but the British writer immediately asked to be taken off the shortlist because he said he doesn't compete for literary awards. Le Carre, the author of more than 20 books that helped define...
  • Saudi author first woman to win Arabic book prize March 16, 2011

    London: Moroccan author Mohammed Achaari and Saudi Arabian writer Raja Alem share this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The chair of the judges, Fadhil AlAzzawi, says both books deal with problems facing the Middle East. Achaari's book "The Arch and the Butterfly" describes how Islamic extremism and terrorism have destroyed...