Novel Prophet Song won 2023 Booker prize

The 2023 Booker Prize, £50,000 prize, is won by Irish author Paul Lynch for his novel Prophet Song, set in an imagined Ireland that is descending into a tyranny; a dystopian Ireland reflecting the reality of war-torn countries.

          It was described as a “soul-shattering and true” novel that “captures the social and political anxieties of our current moment” by the judging chair, Esi Edugyan. In 2022, Shehan Karunatilaka won with The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, set during the Sri Lankan civil war. Lynch’s

Five Indians have won the prestigious Booker Prize award: VS Naipaul won the award for In a Free State in 1971; Salman Rushdie for Midnight’s Children in 1981; Arundhati Roy for The God of Small Things in 1997; Kiran Desai for The Inheritance of Loss in 2006; Aravind Adiga for The White Tiger in 2008.

Booker Prize:

The award was constituted in 1969 and every year, the prize is given best novel written in English and published in the UK.Until 2014, only novels written by Commonwealth, Irish, and South African citizens were eligible to receive the prize. In 2014, the ambit was widened and any English-language novel was open for consideration for the award.


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