#InTheNews: Australian Novelist Richard Flanagan Wins Man Booker Prize

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Australian novelist, Richard Flanegan , 53, who has written several books including death of a river guide, the unknown terrorist, wanting e.t.c was on Tuesday announced the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker prize for fiction literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK for his wartime love novel, ‘The Narrow Road To The Deep North’ was set during the construction of the Thailand Burma death railway in World War Two.

This is the first year year that the Man Booker prize has been open to all authors writing in English irrespective of their nationality, but some writers have expressed fears that the change in the rules could lead to dominance by U.S authors.’The Narrow Road To The Deep North’ is Flanagan’s sixth novel and he told the Sydney morning herald that it took him 12 years to get it right.

In his acceptance speech, Flanegan said, “In Australia, the Man Booker is sometimes seen as something of a chicken waffle, I just didn’t expect to end up the chicken”. He is the third Australian to win the Booker.image

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