The Best of the Booker


The Best of the Booker

The Best of the Booker is a special prize awarded in commemoration of the Booker Prize's 40th anniversary. Eligible books included the 41ref label|number|A|A winners of the Booker Prize since its inception in 1969.cite news |url=http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2258500,00.html |accessdate=2008-07-12 |title=Best of the Booker' pits Rushdie against 40 pretenders |last=Pauli |first=Michelle |publisher=The Guardian |date=2008-02-21] The six shortlisted titles were announced on May 10, 2008 and were chosen by novelist Victoria Glendinning, broadcaster Mariella Frostrup and Professor of English at University College London John Mullan.cite web |url=http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/release/1080|accessdate=2008-07-12 |title=The Best of the Booker shortlist announced |publisher=The Man Booker Prizes |date=2008-05-12] Among the nominees were the only two authors to have won the Booker twice, Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee, who were nominated for their novels "Oscar & Lucinda" and "Disgrace" respectively.

The winner, as chosen by a public vote, was Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children", and was announced on July 10 at the London Literature Festival. [cite news |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7499495.stm |title=Rushdie wins Best of Booker prize |publisher=BBC News |date=2008-07-10] "Midnight's Children" not only won the 1981 Booker, but also the special 1993 Booker of Bookers prize, which commemorated the award's 25th anniversary. This represented an unprecedented third Booker victory for Rushdie.

The shortlisted titles were:
*(1973) J.G. Farrell, "The Siege of Krishnapur"
*(1974) Nadine Gordimer, "The Conservationist"
*(1981) Salman Rushdie, "Midnight's Children"
*(1988) Peter Carey, "Oscar & Lucinda"
*(1995) Pat Barker, "The Ghost Road"
*(1999) J.M. Coetzee, "Disgrace"

Notes

*The Booker prize was shared between two authors in 1974 and 1992, thus generating 41 winners in 39 years.

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