Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for his 150-page novel “The Sense of an Ending,” in what was his first win after being shortlisted three previous times.
The chair of the five-judge panel, Stella Rimington, told Reuters: “We thought that it was a book which, though short, was incredibly concentrated and crammed into this very short space a great deal of information you don’t get out of a first reading. It’s one of these books, a very readable book, if I may use that word, but readable not only once but twice and even three times.”
The annual award comes with a check for 50,000 pounds ($80,000), and writers from the British Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe are eligible for the prize.
British novelist Barnes, 65, whose previous nominations were for “Flaubert’s Parrot” in 1984, “England, England” in 1998 and “Arthur and George” in 2005, has been critical of the award in the past, likening it to “posh bingo.” Other members of the literary community have slammed the award for being too oriented toward “readability” and even set up a rival award for loftier literary works.
Others shortlisted this year include Carol Birch for “Jamrach’s Menagerie,” Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan for “The Sisters Brothers” and “Half Blood Blues,” Stephen Kelman (“Pigeon English”) and A.D. Miller (“Snowdrops”).
The Sense of an Ending concerns a man named Tony who who discovers his memories are not reliable. Rimington said the panel was initially split on the decision to choose Barnes.
“I can tell you there was no blood on the red carpet, nobody went off in a huff and we all ended up firm friends and happy with the result,” she told Reuters.

Man Booker Prize

Man Booker Prize
Awarded for Best full-length English novel
Presented by Man Group
Location Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, and Zimbabwe
First awarded 1969
Official website themanbookerprize.com

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe.  The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. It is also a mark of distinction for authors to be nominated for the Man Booker longlist or selected for inclusion in the shortlist.

Man Booker Prize Winners:

In 1993, the Booker of Bookers Prize was awarded to Salman Rushdie for Midnight’s Children (the 1981 winner), as the best novel to win the award in the first 25 years of its existence. A similar prize known as The Best of the Booker was awarded in 2008 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the prize – this was also won by Midnight’s Children.

Year Author Title Genre(s) Country
1969 P. H. Newby Something to Answer For Novel  United Kingdom
1970 Bernice Rubens The Elected Member Novel  United Kingdom
1970[a] J. G. Farrell Troubles Novel  United Kingdom
1971 V. S. Naipaul In a Free State Short story  United Kingdom
 Trinidad and Tobago
1972 John Berger G. Experimental novel  United Kingdom
1973 J. G. Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur Novel  United Kingdom
1974 Nadine Gordimer The Conservationist Novel  South Africa
Stanley Middleton Holiday Novel  United Kingdom
1975 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust Historical novel  United Kingdom
 West Germany
1976 David Storey Saville Novel  United Kingdom
1977 Paul Scott Staying On Novel  United Kingdom
1978 Iris Murdoch The Sea, the Sea Philosophical novel  Ireland
 United Kingdom
1979 Penelope Fitzgerald Offshore Novel  United Kingdom
1980 William Golding Rites of Passage Novel  United Kingdom
1981 Salman Rushdie Midnight’s Children Magical realism  United Kingdom
1982 Thomas Keneally Schindler’s Ark Biographical novel  Australia
1983 J. M. Coetzee Life & Times of Michael K Novel  South Africa
1984 Anita Brookner Hotel du Lac Novel  United Kingdom
1985 Keri Hulme The Bone People Mystery novel  New Zealand
1986 Kingsley Amis The Old Devils Comic novel  United Kingdom
1987 Penelope Lively Moon Tiger Novel  United Kingdom
1988 Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda Novel  Australia
1989 Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day Historical novel  United Kingdom
1990 A. S. Byatt Possession: A Romance Novel  United Kingdom
1991 Ben Okri The Famished Road Magic realism  Nigeria
1992 Michael Ondaatje The English Patient Historiographic metafiction  Canada
 Sri Lanka
Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger Historical novel  United Kingdom
1993 Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Novel  Ireland
1994 James Kelman How Late It Was, How Late Stream of consciousness  United Kingdom
1995 Pat Barker The Ghost Road War novel  United Kingdom
1996 Graham Swift Last Orders Novel  United Kingdom
1997 Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things Novel  India
1998 Ian McEwan Amsterdam Novel  United Kingdom
1999 J. M. Coetzee Disgrace Novel  South Africa
2000 Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin Novel  Canada
2001 Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang Historical novel  Australia
2002 Yann Martel Life of Pi Fantasy novel  Canada
2003 DBC Pierre Vernon God Little Novel  Australia
2004 Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty Historical novel  United Kingdom
2005 John Banville The Sea Novel  Ireland
2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss Novel  India
2007 Anne Enright The Gathering Novel  Ireland
2008 Aravind Adiga The White Tiger Novel  India
2009 Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall Historical novel  United Kingdom
2010 Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question Novel  United Kingdom
2011 Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending Novel  United Kingdom

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_Booker_Prize and http://www.thirdage.com/

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