Man Booker Winner 2016 Announced
25th October 2016
Paul Beatty has won the 2016 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sellout, making him the second consecutive black author and the first American to win the prize since Americans became eligible three years ago. It also marks two wins in a row for publisher Oneworld, following their success last year with A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Amanda Foreman, 2016 Chair of judges, said: ‘The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl.’
The Sellout is Beatty's third novel and has already won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award. It is set on the outskirts of a fictional LA, where its African-American narrator believes he can save his community by reinstating segregation following the murder of his father.
When accepting his prize, James said, ‘I just met Ben Okri and it just reminded me of how much of my literary sensibilities were shaped by the Man Booker Prize….’
Paul Beatty will take part in will take part in his first public event as winner at a New Statesman-partnered event at Foyles on Friday 28 October 2016.
Royal Mail is issuing a congratulatory postmark featuring the winner’s name, which will be applied to millions of items of stamped mail nationwide from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 October 2016. It will say ‘Congratulations to Paul Beatty, winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize’.
Graeme Macrae Burnet