Anne Enright bags ‘Man Booker Prize’

November 14th, 2007 - 2:24 am ICT by admin  
She was chosen for the award in recognition of her family saga ‘The Gathering’.

Enright’s tome beat bookmarker’s favourites Ian McEwan and Lloyd Jones to emerge as the best novel of the past 12 months.

Mohsin Hamid, Nicola Barker, and Indra Sinha were the other authors on the shortlist for the 50,000 pounds prize.

Chair of judges Sir Howard Davies said Enright’s book was “powerful, uncomfortable and, at times, angry”.

“The Gathering is an unflinching look at a grieving family in tough and striking language. We think she is an impressive novelist, we expect to hear a lot more from her,” the BBC quoted him as saying.

“The book is powerful, it pulls you along and it has an absolutely brilliant ending. It has one of the best last sentences of any novel I have ever read,” he added.

Enright was surprised to win the prize because she was being regarded as one of the outsiders of the award.

“I am still churning it through. Tomorrow, I’ll wake up and go ‘whoopee’,” she told BBC Radio 4.

“I was ready for anything - possibly anything except that,” she added.

The Gathering is Enright’s fourth novel. It is about an Irish woman who is prompted by her brother’s suicide to revisit three generations of history of her large, dysfunctional family.

Enright said that she did not mind Sir Howard’s description of her book as “depressing” and “a little bleak” in places.

“They’re entirely fair. It’s not a cheerful book,” she said.

So far as the prize money is concerned, Enright may spend it on a new kitchen.

“I had forgotten about the money and now I’m glad I bought that dress yesterday,” she said. (ANI)

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