The English-speaking world’s finest literary prize, the Booker Prize goes to Australian Richard Flanagan, 53, of the novel “The Narrow Road to the Deep North”. The story is about how Japan forced prisoners of war to build the “Death Railway” between Thailand and Burma during World War II.
There is Flanagan’s sixth novel and jury chairman Anthony Grayling said at the presentation of the price that the novel had hit him so hard in the belly “that I could not read another of the nominated novels for several days.”
For the first time, although American authors get the price. Among the six novelists who remained for the final thinning were three Britons, two Americans and Flanagan.
Booker Prize has been awarded since 1969, and the prize money this year is 50,000 pounds. The jury varies from year to year.