Golden Man Booker Prize to Mark Award's 50th Anniversary
The Booker Prize Foundation has launched the Golden Man Booker Prize to mark the 50th anniversary of the prize. The one-off award will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public. The Golden Man Booker will put all 51 winners—which are all still in print—back under the spotlight, to discover which of them has stood the test of time, remaining relevant to readers today. Five judges have been appointed to read the winning novels from each decade of the prize: writer and editor Robert McCrum (1970s); poet Lemn Sissay MBE (1980s); novelist Kamila Shamsie (1990s); broadcaster and novelist Simon Mayo (2000s); and poet Hollie McNish (2010s). Each judge will choose what, in his or her opinion, is the best winner from that particular decade, and will champion that book against the other judges’ selections. The judges’ ‘Golden Five’ shortlist will be announced at the Hay Festival on 26 May 2018. The five books will then be put to a monthlong public vote from May 26 to June 25 on the Man Booker Prize website to decide the overall winner, announced at the Man Booker 50 Festival on 8 July 2018. Click here for more information.