Readers to choose best novel for Best of the Booker

February 21st, 2008 - 5:21 pm ICT by admin  

London , Feb 21 (ANI): Readers are getting a chance to make sure their favourite author wins a once-off literary award to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Booker Prize.

Every year, the best novel of the year is honoured The Man Booker for Fiction, but this year the Best of the Booker will recognise the best overall novel to have won this prestigious prize since it was first awarded in 1969.

William Hill, the bookmaker, has named some of the contenders for the exclusive award, singling out Yann Martels The Life of Pi, the fable of survival after a shipwreck (2002), as well as classics such as Salman Rushdies Midnights Children, which challenges ideas of history and nationhood (1981), and Michael Ondaatjes The English Patient (1992), which inspired a film that won nine Oscars.

This is the second time that a celebratory award has been created after 1993 the 25th anniversary. This was when Salman Rushdie won the Booker of Bookers with Midnights Children.

This prize will be unique however as the public will be able to vote this time.

A panel of judges has been appointed to select a shortlist of six novels, for the Best of the Booker. They are Victoria Glendinning, the biographer, novelist and critic, as chairman, Mariella Frostrup, the broadcaster, and John Mullan, Professor of English at University College London.

They will announce their shortlist in May, and then will start the public voting via the Man Booker Prize website,

Finally, the overall winner of the Best of the Booker will be announced at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre in July.

The Best of the Booker is a wonderful opportunity to read, or reread, some of the best literature in English of the past four decades. We are having a very good time revisiting the now-classic novels which won the Booker long ago, as well as the celebrated ones from recent years. All readers will enjoy this, and we look forward to hearing what the voters think, Times Online quoted Victoria Glendinning, as saying. (ANI)

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