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The Man Booker Prize 2017

The Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize was established in 1969. The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the shortlisted authors. Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a worldwide readership plus an increase in book sales.

Events

  • Zadie Smith: Swing Time, Royal Festival Hall, London – Hear 2005 Man Booker shortlisted author Zadie Smith read from her new novel, Swing Time. Book your ticket here.
  • Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale, Royal Festival Hall, London - In this one-time London appearance, Margaret Atwood reads from her work; then, in conversation with Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, she discusses not only her career, but the past, present and future of The Handmaid’s Tale. Book your ticket here

2017 Key dates

  1. Longlist

    27.07.17
  2. Shortlist

    13.09.17
  3. Winner

    17.10.17

The 2016 Winner

The Sellout

The Sellout

Published by Oneworld 

Born in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles and raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realises there never was a memoir. All that’s left is the bill for a drive-through funeral.

Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town’s most famous resident – Hominy Jenkins – he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school which lands him in the Supreme Court.

What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality – the black Chinese restaurant. 

The 2016 Shortlist

The 2016 Longlist

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