Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient wins the Golden Booker Prize

Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) has been crowned the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the Man Booker Prize, it was announced today (Sunday 8 July).

The Canadian writer's tale of love and conflict during World War II was named victor of the Golden Man Booker Prize for fiction at a ceremony in London on Sunday.

Adapted into a multiple Oscar-winning film starring Ralph Fiennes as the desert explorer Làszlò Almàsy, Juliette Binoche as his nurse Hana and Kristin Scott Thomas as the married Katharine Clifton, The English Patient was one of the best-known books on the shortlist.

The 1970s finalist was "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, while "Moon Tiger" by British writer Penelope Lively was the 1980s choice.

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"The English Patient is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical", Baroness Helena Kennedy, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, said in a statement. The victor was revealed at the Man Booker 50 Festival in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.

A panel of five judges considered all 51 of the previous winners, before the top choice from each decade of the Man Booker was put to the public vote.

Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka in 1943, moved to England in the early 1950s and came to Canada in 1962. "The English Patient", which follows the lives of four characters brought together during World War II, told through the morphine-affected memories of a severely burned patient, was a Booker Prize victor in 1992. He paid tribute to the late "The English Patient" film director, Anthony Minghella, "who I suspect had something to do with the result of this vote". Novelist Shamsie, author of Home Fire, selected the Second World War classic from all of the winners of the 1990s.

The English Patient is a tale on love and conflict and according to Judge Kamila Shamsie, it is a "rare novel which gets under your skin".

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