Thursday, February 21, 2008

"Best of the Booker" Award Launched

The Man Booker Prize for fiction has announced a special award to celebrate the prize's 40th anniversary this year. The "Best of the Booker" will honor the best overall novel to have won the prize since its inception in 1969. A similar award was created to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the prize; Salman Rushdie won the "Booker of Bookers" for his 1981 winner, Midnight's Children. The public will have an opportunity to vote once a shortlist has been selected by a panel of judges. The Guardian newspaper would like to see some recent works make the shortlist: Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin (2000), Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things (1997) and The Life of Pi by Yann Martell (2002). And of course earlier titles will provide some competition as well.

Which prize-winning books do you think should be on the "Best of the Booker" shortlist?

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