Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

In public poll, ‘The English Patient’ wins the Golden Booker

In public poll, ‘The English Patient’ wins the Golden Booker

The English Patient, written by University of Toronto alumnus Michael Ondaatje, has been voted the greatest recipient of the Man Booker Prize from the past half-century. The one-off award, voted for by the public, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker prize.

The judges were Robert McCrum, who choseIn A Free Stateby VS Naipaul for the 1970s, Lemn Sissay, who chose Moon Tigerby Penelope Lively for the 1980s, Kamila Shamsie, who choseThe English Patientby Michael Ondaatje for the 1990s, Simon Mayo, who choseWolf Hallby Hilary Mantel for the noughties, and Hollie McNish, who choseLincoln In The Bardoby George Saunders for the 2010s.

It beat four other novels in an online poll that drew 9,000 votes in all.

A great work of literature will stand the test of time, and that's definitely the case with The English Patient, which has just won acclaim as the victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize.

A panel of judges read all 52 former winners of the award, with each assigned a decade from the Booker's history. In 1996, the Director Anthony Minghella took on the book of the same name the film; it played, in particular, rife Fiennes, Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth.

Judge Kamila Shamsie said the story was truly "transformative" as she explained why she had selected it as the victor of the 90s.

"The English Patient is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight", said Shamsie in a statement.

The award Ondatje brought his novel "the English patient", written in 1992.

The 50th anniversary of the prize is being magnified globally with Man Booker author events at global literary festivals across the world.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, added: "It is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical - and is a worthy victor of the Golden Man Booker".

Ondaatje became the first Canadian to win the Booker Prize sharing the 1992 prize with British author Barry Unsworth and his historical novel "Sacred Hunger".

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