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Booker Prize Winner 2009

October 8, 2009

bookerMan Booker Prize is to the literary world what Oscar is to Hollywood. This prize is awarded to the writers from the Commonwealth countries. My first ever Booker Prize read was Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. I believe that book’s every sentence deserved that coveted prize. The second book I read was DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little. It was awesome but due to bold language and Texan accents not many people liked it (here). The third book was Arvind Adiga’s The White Tiger. I loved the flow of the book.

From Pakistan in 2007 Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist was shortlisted (It was one of the final six books) but unfortunately it couldn’t win so Pakistan has yet to claim a Booker Prize winning author.

wolfhallThis year’s Booker Prize was awarded to British writer Hilary Mantel for her 16th century political saga Wolf Hall. I’ll try to get my hands on it.

Some other famous Booker Prize winning novels are Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie. The Famished Road (1991) by Ben Okri. The English Patient (1992) by Michael Ondaatje. Life of Pi (2002) by Yann Martel etc.


Including authors with dual citizenship, the United Kingdom has the most winners of the prize at 25. Second is Australia with six winners (counting both Coetzee and Carey twice); Ireland and India each have four winners. [Wikipedia]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2009 9:02 am

    The way Pakistani writers are making it to the international scene, of late, I’m more than hopeful for a Pakistani writer to grab this elusive prize in the near future.

    A very informative post; thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    • October 9, 2009 10:47 am

      Let’s hope that someone from Pakistan wins! Kamila Shamsie is quite a prolific writer (novelist) though amazingly I’ve never read her. I thought A Case of Exploding Mangoes might be shortlisted last year but it wasn’t 🙂

  2. October 9, 2009 11:02 am

    Yea it has all the possibility to happen; when Obama (with all his inexperience) can win a noble peace prize, why a Pakistani writer (who all are extremely talented) can’t win a booker prize! 😀

    • October 9, 2009 11:08 am

      That’s my tweet:

      #Noble peace prize has always been sort of controversial anyway… so I should better get over the fact that President Obama won it ~_~


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