Thursday, October 20, 2011

Julian Barnes Wins £50,000 Man Booker Prize for 2011

Julian Barnes on Tuesday night.

London based writer Julian Barnes, 65, has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel The Sense of an Ending. The announcement was made the evening of Tuesday 18 October, 2011.

The Sense of an Ending went straight into the bestseller list on publication by Jonathan Cape. The novel is the eighth Man Booker Prize winner to be published by Jonathan Cape, a Random House imprint.

Barnes has been shortlisted on three occasions without him winning the prize and said "as much relieved as delighted to be receiving the prize." He was previously shortlisted in 1984, 1998, and again in 2005.

He is the author of ten previous novels with translations in over 30 languages so far. Barnes is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis (for Flaubert's Parrot) and the Prix Femina (for Talking it Over) in France. His other important awards include the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the David Cohen Prize.

Amazon's description of The Sense of an Ending.

This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he’d left all this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. But he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider a variety of things he thought he’d understood all along, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single sitting, with stunning psychological and emotional depth and sophistication, The Sense of an Ending is a brilliant new chapter in Julian Barnes’s oeuvre

Congratulations to Julian Barnes. But why should any serious writer be really bothered about winning any prize to validate one's genius?

A true writer is not writing for any prize, but for the love of the Art and for the benefit of humanity which is the greatest legacy.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

Click on the following titles to order any of the best selling books by Julian Barnes.

The Sense of an Ending

Flaubert's Parrot

Nothing to Be Frightened Of (Vintage)

Arthur & George

Pulse: Stories

Arthur and George

The Lemon Table

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

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