09 July 2018
- The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje wins prestigious award -
- Bloomsbury authors made up 40% of The Golden Man Booker Prize shortlist -
At the Golden Man Booker Live awards ceremony held at London's Southbank Centre last night, Sunday 8th July, Bloomsbury is delighted to announce that following a public vote to decide the winner, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje won the prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize.
The Golden Man Booker Prize, a special one-off award for Man Booker Prize's 50th anniversary celebrations, last night crowned the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize. Two of the five books nominated were published by Bloomsbury, demonstrating the publisher's incredibly talented roster of authors that spans over fifty years, and whose timeless works remain deeply loved by readers.
All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each assigned a decade to read the winning novels from before choosing a favourite from the period. Bloomsbury published the winning shortlisted works from both the 1990s - The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - and the 2010s, with the most recent winner Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
Nigel Newton, Chief Executive of Bloomsbury, said: "Congratulations to Michael Ondaatje - I am absolutely delighted that The English Patient has received this recognition from a public vote.
Our mission at Bloomsbury is to publish books of excellence and originality and we are thrilled that two of our authors - Michael Ondaatje and George Saunders - were on the shortlist and most of all that Michael won."
For further information, please contact:
|Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
|+44 (0) 20 7631 5630
|Nigel Newton, Chief Executive
Wendy Pallot, Group Finance Director
|+44 (0) 203 727 1000
|Charles Palmer / Dwight Burden / Emma Hall / Leah Dudley
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