MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 18th October 2018

The winner of the Man Booker Prize, which recognises high quality literary fiction written in English, was announced 16th October 2018.

Anna Burns was named the winner of this year’s Prize – becoming the first author from Northern Ireland to triumph.

Milkman, set in an unnamed city in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, is a coming-of-age story about a young girl’s affair with a married man.

Burns, who told the BBC she was “stunned” to win, will receive £50,000 in prize money.

The judges said Milkman was “simply marvellous”. They highlighted the “distinctive and consistently realised voice of the funny, resilient, astute, plain-spoken, first-person protagonist”.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme on Wednesday, Burns said the £50,000 prize would be life-changing.

“I’ll pay my debts,” she said. “It will make a huge monetary difference and I will become solvent and live on what’s left.

“Writers don’t earn a lot of money so that’s a huge gift that’s been given to me,” she went on.

Milkman beat competition from Everything Under by Daisy Johnson – who, at 27, was the youngest nominee in Man Booker history.

The other nominees were The Long Take by Robin Robertson, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, and The Overstory by Richard Powers.

The Duchess of Cornwall presented Burns with the trophy.

Milkman is the fourth novel to be written by Burns, who was born in Belfast in 1962.

Her debut, No Bones, was published in 2001, and followed by Little Constructions six years later. Her most recent work prior to Milkman was Mostly Hero – a novella published in 2014.

Speaking to BBC News, Kwame Anthony Appiah, the chairman of the judges, said: “One of the wonderful things about [Milkman] is the texture of the language.

“It’s written in this amazing voice of this woman who is living in a divided society.

“She’s being harassed by a man who is sexually interested in her, and he’s taking advantage of divisions in the society to use the power he has, because of those divisions, to go after her.”

Burns opted not to give names to her characters in the novel. Wven her narrator refers to herself as “Middle Sister”.

Speaking after her win, Burns told BBC News: “The book just didn’t work with names.

“There’s a lack of safety of being straightforward in the book and declaring who you are. But really, if I put in names it lost power, it lost atmosphere.”

Asked how her real-life experience informed her writing, Burns said: “I was brought up in Belfast and that did have a huge influence on the book, writing about an entire society affected by long-term violence, living under intense pressure, and how that becomes normality.”

The overall winner of this prestigious award wins £50,000 and is likely to see a huge boost in sales. Last year’s winner, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, saw its sales figures increase by 1,227% after the prize was announced.

This is the 50th year there has been a Man Booker Award. This is a list of winners by year:

 

Year       Author   Title        Genre(s)

1              1969       P. H. Newby                          Something to Answer For                                   Novel

2              1970       Bernice Rubens                    The Elected Member                                          Novel

1970       J. G. Farrell                            Troubles                                                                                Novel

3              1971       V. S. Naipaul                        In a Free State                                                      Short story

4              1972       John Berger                           G.                                                                            Experimental novel

5              1973       J. G. Farrell                            The Siege of Krishnapur                                     Novel

6              1974       Nadine Gordimer                 The Conservationist                                            Novel

Stanley Middleton               Holiday                                                                 Novel

7              1975       Ruth Prawer Jhabvala        Heat and Dust                                                      Historical novel

8              1976       David Storey                        Saville                                                                    Novel

9              1977       Paul Scott                              Staying On                                                            Novel

10           1978       Iris Murdoch                         The Sea, the Sea                                                  Philosophical novel

11           1979       Penelope Fitzgerald             Offshore                                                                                Novel

12           1980       William Golding                   Rites of Passage                                                   Novel

13           1981       Salman Rushdie                  Midnight’s Children                                             Magic realism

14           1982       Thomas Keneally                                Schindler’s Ark                                                     Biographical novel

15           1983       J. M. Coetzee                        Life & Times of Michael K                                Novel

16           1984       Anita Brookner                    Hotel du Lac                                                        Novel

17           1985       Keri Hulme                           The Bone People                                                 Mystery novel

18           1986       Kingsley Amis                      The Old Devils                                                      Comic novel

19           1987       Penelope Lively                   Moon Tiger                                                           Novel

20           1988       Peter Carey                           Oscar and Lucinda                                              Historical novel

21           1989       Kazuo Ishiguro                    The Remains of the Day                                    Historical novel

22           1990       A. S. Byatt                            Possession                                                             Historical novel

23           1991       Ben Okri                                The Famished Road                                           Magic realism

24           1992       Michael Ondaatje                               The English Patient                             Historiographic metafiction

24                           Barry Unsworth                   Sacred Hunger                                                     Historical novel

25           1993       Roddy Doyle                        Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha                                   Novel

26           1994       James Kelman                     How Late It Was, How Late             Stream of consciousness

27           1995       Pat Barker                             The Ghost Road                                                  War novel

28           1996       Graham Swift                       Last Orders                                                           Novel

29           1997       Arundhati Roy                     The God of Small Things                                   Novel

30           1998       Ian McEwan                        Amsterdam                                                           Novel

31           1999       J. M. Coetzee                        Disgrace                                                                 Novel

32           2000       Margaret Atwood                                The Blind Assassin                                              Historical novel

33           2001       Peter Carey                           True History of the Kelly Gang                         Historical novel

34           2002       Yann Martel                         Life of Pi                                               Fantasy and adventure novel

35           2003       DBC Pierre Vernon              God Little                                              Black comedy

36           2004       Alan Hollinghurst                The Line of Beauty                                             Historical novel

37           2005       John Banville                       The Sea                                                                 Novel

38           2006       Kiran Desai                           The Inheritance of Loss                                     Novel

39           2007       Anne Enright                        The Gathering                                                      Novel

40           2008       Aravind Adiga                      The White Tiger                                                   Novel

41           2009       Hilary Mantel                       Wolf Hall                                                              Historical novel

42           2010       Howard Jacobson                               The Finkler Question                                           Comic novel

43           2011       Julian Barnes                        The Sense of an Ending                                     Novel

44           2012       Hilary Mantel                       Bring Up the Bodies                                            Historical novel

45           2013       Eleanor Catton                    The Luminaries                                                    Historical novel

46           2014       Richard Flanagan                                The Narrow Road to the Deep North               Historical novel

47           2015       Marlon James                      A Brief History of Seven Killings      Historical/experimental novel

48           2016       Paul Beatty                           The Sellout                                                            Satirical novel

49           2017       George Saunders                  Lincoln in the Bardo                           Historical/experimental novel

50           2018       Anna Burns                          Milkman                                                               Novel

In 2018, to celebrate the 50 anniversary, the Golden Man Booker was awarded. One book from each decade was selected by a panel of judges: Naipaul’s In a Free State (the 1971 winner), Lively’s Moon Tiger (1987), Ondaatje’s The English Patient (1992), Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo. The winner, by popular vote, was The English Patient.

In 2006, the Man Booker Prize set up a ‘Best of Beryl’ prize, for the author Beryl Bainbridge, who has been nominated five times and yet has failed to win once. The prize is said to count as a Booker Prize. The nominees were An Awfully Big Adventure, Every Man for Himself, The Bottle Factory Outing, The Dressmaker and Master Georgie, which won.

Anna Burns with her book Milkman

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

8 COMMON THINGS YOU DO THAT WASTE YOUR LIFE

  1. WASTING TIME ON DISTRACTIONS
  2. BY NOT CHASING YOUR DREAMS
  3. NOT DISCIPLINING YOURSELF
  4. NOT SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY
  5. BY NOT EXPANDING YOUR COMFORT ZONE
  6. WASTING LIFE BY WORRYING CONSTANTLY
  7. LIVING TO PLEASE OTHERS
  8. DOING THINGS YOU REALLY DO NOT WANT TO DO

 

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Happiness is…going through life without wasting it

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Love is… Knowing the score

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