Booker Prize

  • Jhumpa Lahiri loses out in Booker race to Eleanor Catton 16-10-2013 07:21 AM

    Indian-American 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...
  • Crace, Catton favourites for fiction's Booker prize 15-10-2013 11:34 PM

    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...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Lowland' shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 10-09-2013 05:49 PM

    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...
  • Lydia Davis wins Man Booker International fiction prize 23-05-2013 05:35 AM

    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...
  • British author Hilary Mantel wins 2012 Man Booker Prize 17-10-2012 03:07 AM

    London: British writer Hilary Mantel won the prestigious Booker literary prize for a second time Tuesday with her blood-soaked 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...
  • Hilary Mantel favorite to with the Man Booker 2012 16-10-2012 04:56 PM

    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...
  • Booker Prize for 2012 to be announced today 16-10-2012 11:14 AM

    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 26-09-2012 05:30 PM

    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 11-09-2012 05:37 PM

    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 six-author shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2012 announced today. Apart from 53-year-old Kerala-born Thayil, authors on the shortlist are Deborah Levy, Hilary Mantel, Alison...
  • Midnight's Children: Clips people are talking about 05-09-2012 12:41 PM

    New Delhi: Midnight's Children is an epic film from Oscar-nominated 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 26-07-2012 05:44 PM

    New Delhi: Indian author and poet Jeet Thayil features among 12 authors long-listed 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...
  • Rushdie to return to India after death threats 13-03-2012 09:59 PM

    New Delhi: Salman Rushdie will return to India this week to speak at a conference, under two months after death threats forced the Booker Prize-winning 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...
  • Booker winner, poet laureate vie for UK Costa prize 16-11-2011 01:30 PM

    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...
  • Julian Barnes wins prestigious Booker Prize 19-10-2011 03:23 AM

    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...
  • 'Cat's Table' highly recommended for a lazy weekend 18-10-2011 06:07 PM

    Whether or not you've read the Booker Prize-winning 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 scene-setting ensure you glide right into the story. It's almost...
  • Author Barnes backed for Booker amid literary spat 17-10-2011 08:47 PM

    London: English author and four-time 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...
  • Barnes shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 06-09-2011 06:08 PM

    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...
  • No Indian writers on Man Booker Prize longlist 26-07-2011 09:17 PM

    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 10-07-2011 02:15 PM

    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 18-05-2011 02:02 PM

    Sydeny: Philip Roth, the much-lauded 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...
  • Booker honours UK novelist Beryl Bainbridge 21-04-2011 01:15 PM

    London: Organizers of the Booker Prize have recognized often-nominated Beryl Bainbridge with a posthumous "best of" award. The special prize, which pitted Bainbridge's five Booker-nominated 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...
  • John le Carre turns down prize nomination 30-03-2011 04:23 PM

    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...