One of the most prestigious literary awards in the English-speaking world, the Booker Prize has been celebrating the finest fiction published in the UK and Ireland for over five decades. Alongside the International Booker Prize, its fiction in translation counterpart, the prize remains a driving force in promoting the impact and power of literature in a modern world—with previous winners including Margaret Atwood, Marlon James, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro and Hilary Mantel. Discover the 2023 prize below: the newly annointed winner, shortlisted novels and previous winners.

Esi Edugyan, Chair of the judges, said:

‘From that first knock at the door, Prophet Song forces us out of our complacency as we follow the terrifying plight of a woman seeking to protect her family in an Ireland descending into totalitarianism. We felt unsettled from the start, submerged in – and haunted by – the sustained claustrophobia of Lynch’s powerfully constructed world. He flinches from nothing, depicting the reality of state violence and displacement and offering no easy consolations. Here the sentence is stretched to its limits – Lynch pulls off feats of language that are stunning to witness. He has the heart of a poet, using repetition and recurring motifs to create a visceral reading experience. This is a triumph of emotional storytelling, bracing and brave. With great vividness, Prophet Song captures the social and political anxieties of our current moment. Readers will find it soul-shattering and true, and will not soon forget its warnings.’

The Shortlist