The Booker Prize 2008

Winner of the Brooker Prize 2008 is Aravind Adiga and The White Tiger. I haven't read it, but had said in an earlier post how much I had wanted Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture to win, but there were noises that, whilst Barry's novel was undeniably 'profound' it was also steeped in that usually prize-prone Irish brand of dark times, that and the fact that Anne Enright won it last year! Chairman of the Judges, Michael Portillio, said:

"The judges found the decision difficult because the shortlist contained such strong candidates. In the end, The White Tiger prevailed because the judges felt that it shocked and entertained in equal measure.

"The novel undertakes the extraordinarily difficult task of gaining and holding the reader's sympathy for a thoroughgoing villain. The book gains from dealing with pressing social issues and significant global developments with astonishing humour."

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