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J.G. Farrell wins the Lost Man Booker Prize

20th May 2010

Author J.G. Farrell has won the Lost Man Booker Prize, forty years after he was overlooked by judges because of rule changes.

His winning book, Troubles, was not considered for the Man Booker Prize in 1970 because - along with a number of other novels - it did not meet the new date eligibility inclusion criteria.

However, the author won a clear majority in the retrospective competition, taking 38 per cent of the total vote - more than double the amount cast for any other book on the shortlist.

Troubles was the first book in Farrell's Empire Trilogy and was followed up by the 1973 Man Booker Prize-winning The Siege of Krishnapur and The Singapore Grip, which was published in 1978.

Ion Trewin, literary director of the Man Booker, said: 'Troubles is a novel of such lasting quality that it has never been out of print in the 40 years since it was first published.

'Had this been the winning novel in 1970, J.G. Farrell would have gone on to become the first author to win the Booker Prize twice.'

Farrell drowned in a freak fishing accident in 1979, shortly after moving from London to the Sheep's Head peninsula in south-west Ireland.

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