The shortlist for the Golden Man Booker Prize has been announced. This special one-off award for Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize.
All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of five specially appointed judges, each of whom was asked to read the winning novels from one decade of the prize’s history. We can now reveal that that the ‘Golden Five’ – the books thought to have best stood the test of time – are: In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul; Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively; The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje; Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel; and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
- Robert McCrum (Judge), 1971, In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul, UK, published by Picador
- Lemn Sissay (Judge), 1987, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, UK, published by Penguin
- Kamila Shamsie (Judge), 1992, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Canada, published by Bloomsbury
- Simon Mayo (Judge), 2009, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, UK, published by Fourth Estate
- Hollie McNish (Judge), 2017, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, USA, published by Bloomsbury.
For more about key dates, public voting and the books go to the Man Booker Prize website: