The Booker Prize
The leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.Two prizes are awarded - The Booker Prize is the top literary prize in the English speaking world, whereas the International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. Any book nominated for the Booker Prize from the long list onwards, transforms an author's life, thrusting them into the public eye of the reading world. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a global readership plus a dramatic increase in book sales.
So, who do we have this year? The Long List was announced 24 July, listing 13 books. The short list of six books will be announced 3 September, with the winner announced 14 October. With two past winners - Attwood and Rushdie, past nominee Levy and past shortlister Obioma, this is a list of brilliant star power. Now, what have we got to whet your reading appetite! Click on titles below for more information and insights about each book/author.
The Wall by John Lanchester
Lanny by Max Porter