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The Man Booker Prize 1977

The Man Booker Prize 1977

The Winner

Staying On

In this sequel to The Raj Quartet, Colonel Tusker and Lucy Smalley stay on in the hills of Pankot after Indian independence deprives them of their colonial status. Finally fed up with accommodating her husband, Lucy claims a degree of independence herself. Eloquent and hilarious, she and Tusker act out class tensions among the British of the Raj and give voice to the loneliness, rage, and stubborn affection in their marriage.

The Shortlist

The 1977 Judges

Philip Larkin (Chair)

Beryl Bainbridge

Brendan Gill

David Hughes

Robin Ray