Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize

But on Sunday evening Ondaatje edged ahead, with his bestselling novel The English Patient being named the best victor of the Booker prize of the last 50 years, in a public vote.

The Golden Man Booker, the one-off award marking the Man Booker Prize's 50thanniversary celebrations, was chosen by the public and revealed on Sunday.

Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas starred in the 1996 Oscar winning film adaptation of The English Patient directed by the late Anthony Minghella.

A panel of judges selected five books from among the 51 winners of the Booker, a prize that has boosted the careers of writers such as Ian McEwan, Arundhati Roy and Kazuo Ishiguro. "As we celebrate the prize's 50th anniversary, it's a testament to the impact and legacy of the Man Booker Prize that all of the winning books are still in print", she added.

The English Patient won the Booker in 1992.

"The English Patient" beat out four other books to claim the award, which was voted on by the public.

The Golden Booker was held in 2018 to mark 50 successful years of the much coveted literary prize.

The 1970s finalist was "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, while "Moon Tiger" by British writer Penelope Lively was the 1980s contender.

The English Patient is a tale on love and conflict and according to Judge Kamila Shamsie, it is a "rare novel which gets under your skin".

The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969 and has been sponsored by Man Group since 2002.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, chairman of the Booker Prize Foundation, added: 'The English Patient is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical - and is a worthy victor.' The winner was announced at a ceremony at the Southbank Centre in London last night.

"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative".

Ondaatje's novel takes place at the end of the Second World War, as a nurse, thief and sapper care for a mysterious nameless man they call the English patient.

"The English Patient is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical", Baroness Helena Kennedy, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, said in a statement.

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