What Is The Booker Prize?

What Is The Booker Prize?

On October 17th, 2022, The Booker Prize ceremony was held at the Roundhouse in London. Camilla, the Queen Consort was the chief guest along with Dua Lipa gracing the show as a star guest.

The first Booker Prize ceremony took place in 1969. PH Newsy won the award. The aim was to bring forth the newly published work to Anglophone.

The idea was the brainchild of two publishers Tom Maschler and Graham C Greene. They convinced Booker McConell, the sugar and shipping company. By 1960s, they were interested in acquiring literary works.

In 1952, Jock Campbell became the chairman of the company. The execution of the plan initiated when he acquired the copyrights of Ian Fleming's books for the 'authors division' in the company. Later on, he acquired rights of books of authors like Agastha Christie, Harold Pinter, and others.

In this manner, the tradition of 'The Booker Prize' started to recognize the fictional works of not just authors in Britain, but also from the Common wealth nations.

This year the Booker Prize was conferred to the Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka for his book 'The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida', a supernatural satire.

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