Man Booker

  • British-Indian author longlisted for Man Booker Prize 1 week ago

    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. London-based 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

    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 thank the...
  • Top of the bestsellers, two top shortlists, Jhumpa Lahiri finds her place in the Indian sun September 21, 2013

    On Saturday, September 21, the Nielsen Bookscan for India revealed a new leader on the fiction bestseller charts: Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. A list normally dominated by mass market titles like Amish's Shiva trilogy and Chetan Bhagat's perennially popular campus-and-after novels, the chart is a tribute to the fact that...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri among Booker Prize finalists September 11, 2013

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Irish novelist Colm Toibin are among six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction. British-born Lahiri's "The Lowland" and Toibin's "The Testament of Mary" are on the shortlist announced on Tuesday for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize. The other finalists are "We Need New Names" by Zimbabwe's...
  • 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...
  • Jhumpa Lahiri among Man Booker fiction prize nominees July 23, 2013

    London: Life in London's Jewish community and Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, billionaires in China and hard times in Ireland all feature in the novels vying for this year's Man Booker Prize. The longlist for the prize, one of the English language's top fiction awards, names 13 writers from seven countries. "This is surely...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jeet Thayil on Man Booker Prize shortlist and more October 29, 2012

    He is a poet, musician and writer who has got a huge boost now that his debut novel has made it to the shortlist of this year's Man Booker Prize. So you can bet that Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis is fated to move from the fringes towards the main stream of...
  • 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 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 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 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 Moore,...
  • Excerpt: Booker long-listed Narcopolis' prologue October 17, 2013

    Indian author-poet Jeet Thayil is among the 12 authors who are long-listed for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction worth 50,000 pounds and an assured spurt in the sales of the prize-winning book. His debut novel Narcopolis is a tale of vice and passion set against a backdrop of...
  • 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 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 award...
  • Jeet Thayil on 2012 Man Booker long-list July 27, 2012

    London: Noted Indian poet and writer Jeet Thayil is among 12 authors long-listed for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction worth 50,000 pounds and an assured spurt in the sales of the prize-winning book. Kerala-born Thayil, 53, is the only Indian writer in this year's long-list that includes known writers...
  • 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",...
  • Author Barnes backed for Booker amid literary spat October 17, 2011

    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 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 27, 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...
  • 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...
  • Sydney to host Man Booker Prize 2011 March 16, 2011

    The Australian city of Sydney will play an important role in the fourth Man Booker International Prize. The University of Sydney will host the press conference to announce the Judges' list of finalists on 30 March, and the winner of the £60,000 prize will be announced at the...
  • Room made me self-conscious about parenting: Donoghue October 1, 2010

    CNN-IBN interviews Emma Donoghue for her book Room, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. CNN-IBN: I really enjoyed reading Room, but it's certainly a disturbing story. Congratulations on the Booker shortlisting. Was there any specific inspiration for the story of Jack and his mother being trapped? There have been some references...
  • 'Lost' UK Booker Prize from 1970 to be awarded June 15, 2010

    London: Twenty-two books published in 1970 and not considered for the Booker Prize because of a reorganisation of the rules could finally win the prestigious literary award 40 years on, organisers said on Monday. The list of candidates includes several winners of the Booker Prize, now called the Man Booker Prize,...
  • Chinese writer Su Tong wins Man Asian prize June 15, 2010

    Hong Kong: Chinese writer Su Tong has won Asia's top literary prize with a bleak novel about a disgraced Communist party official's attempts to rebuild his life, trumping a clutch of Indian writers on the shortlist. Su Tong's novel, The Boat to Redemption is about a womanising Party official who castrates...
  • Hilary Mantel wins Man Booker prize for Wolf Hall October 7, 2009

    London: A tale of political intrigue set during the reign of King Henry VIII won the prestigious Man Booker prize for fiction on Tuesday. Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall scooped the £50,000 ($80,000) prize. Mantel's novel charts the upheaval caused by the king's desire to marry Anne Boleyn, as seen through the...
  • Byatt, Coetzee among finalists for Booker Prize September 8, 2009

    London: Previous winners A S Byatt and J M Coetzee were among six finalists announced on Tuesday for literature's prestigious Man Booker Prize. Byatt's Edwardian family saga The Children's Book and Coetzee's autobiographical Summertime are leading contenders for the £50,000 ($82,000) fiction award. A victory for South Africa's Coetzee would make him...
  • 2009 Man Booker long-list announced July 29, 2009

    London: The long-list for the leading literary award in the English-speaking world announced on Tuesday includes 13 books. Noted writer J M Coetzee - who won the prestigious prize in 1983 and 1999 - is in the running again for the Man Booker prize for his book, Summertime. Coetzee, the reclusive South...
  • No Indian writer in 2009 Man Booker long list July 29, 2009

    London: No Indian writer has been able to make it to the long list of the Man Booker prize this year. The noted writer JM Coetzee, who won the prestigious prize in 1983 and 1999, is in the running again for his book Summertime. The long list for the leading literary...