2014 Man Booker Prize Winner

2014 Man Booker Prize Winner

The winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize was announced today! And the winner is . . .

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)

Though this year was the first year all titles in English were eligible for the prize, without regard to the nationality of the author, an Australian took the prize.

I’m really looking forward to reading this one. I found the blurb to be intriguing:

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncle’s young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

Moving deftly from the POW camp to contemporary Australia, from the experiences of Dorrigo and his comrades to those of the Japanese guards, this savagely beautiful novel tells a story of love, death, and family, exploring the many forms of good and evil, war and truth, guilt and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

For more about this year’s Booker contest, check out the 2014 shortlist and the 2014 longlist.

Do you follow the Booker prize? Do you plan to read this year’s winning book?