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article imageSalman Rushdie Expected to Win 'Best of the Booker Prize'?

By Chris V. Thangham     May 12, 2008 in Entertainment
Salman Rushdie appears to be the favorite to win “The Best of the Booker Prize” after his prize-winning novel “Midnight’s Children” was one of the six books chosen for the “greatest of the greatest” award.
The Booker Prize, the literary world’s most prestigious award, is given to the best work of fiction by an author from the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. The Best of the Booker Prize will select the best of the 41 Booker Prize winners awarded so far.
The Best of the Booker award is chosen to celebrate the Booker Prize’s 40th anniversary.
Six books have been short-listed from the 41 previous winners. Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children” was one of the six chosen. The book was Rushdie’s second novel and it won the 1981 Booker Prize.
The book also won the Booker of Bookers in 1993.
English bookmakers are betting heavily on this book to win the coveted award.
The other books chosen are:
* South African-born author and 2003 Nobel Prize winner for Literature JM Coetzee’s “Disgrace”. It won the 1999 Booker Prize.
* Late British author J.G. Farrell’s “The Siege of Krishnapur”, Booker Prize winner in 1973.
* South African author Nadine Gordimer’s “The Conservationist”, 1974 Booker Prize winner.
* Australian author Peter Carey’s “Oscar and Lucinda“, 1973 Booker Prize. He also won another Booker prize.
* British writer Pat Barker’s “Ghost Road”, 1995 Booker Prize winner.
The six authors will be selected by the public. The winner will be announced at the Southbank Center in London on July 10.
Victoria Glendinning, one of Judges chair told the Associated Press that selecting the shortlist was a tough task.
We really feel that the six novels we picked represent the best fiction-writing of the past 40 years and that each one of them will stand the test of time…As to which of the six is the most important, and the most enjoyable, the Best of Booker -- that is up to the readers to decide.
A total of 41 books have won the prize since it was launched in 1969, because the award was shared in 1974 and 1992. Contenders must have been published in the past year and originally written in English. Booker Prize nominations all but guarantees worldwide readership and an upsurge in book sales.
I haven’t read all six to say which one is the best among them, but it does seem like a must-have collection at home. If you have read them all or if you have a favorite author among this list, you can vote for them here.
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