Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Julian Barnes wins Man Booker Prize

julianbarnes.jpg
julianbarnesbook.jpg

The bookies' favourite Julian Barnes has been announced as the 2011 winner of the Man Booker Prize, for his novel The Sense of an Ending.

The 65-year-old writer was awarded the £50,000 prize at London's Guildhall this evening (18 October), stating he was "relieved and delighted" to be finally honoured as the winner, after receiving three previous nominations for his novels Flaubert's Parrot, England, England and Arthur and George.

A bestseller upon publication, The Sense of Ending is the story of a middle-aged man Tony Webster, who, when revisiting his past via a bequeathed diary, discovers that the memories he holds are less than perfect.

Sales of the books shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize have been the highest selling since records began, leading to critcism that the prize was "dumbing down" - with literary merit sacrificed for readability. But Chair of the Judges and former Director of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington used the announcement speech to hit back at the sceptics, stating she was "delighted the shortlist had sold so well".

Barnes' novel was acclaimed by Rimington as " exquisitely written, subtly plotted...(revealing) new depths with each reading."

Established author Barnes can now expect an even wider readership after winning the prize, but the other shortlisted candidates will each receive £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book.

What do you think of the results? Did Barnes deserve to win or do you wish a less established author had taken the prize? Share your views in the comments below or tweet us @Stylistmagazine.

Main picture credit: Rex Features

Related

booker-hero.jpg

Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist announced

Beautiful-Book-Covers.jpg

50 beautiful books

mariellafrostrup.jpg

Mariella: My Life in Literature

Comments

More

Ruby Tandoh on how to support a friend with a mental health problem

You are not alone.

by Sarah Biddlecombe
28 Apr 2017

The Moth bring their StorySLAM to the Emerald Street Literary Festival

Unleash your inner Hannah Horvath

by Victoria Gray
28 Apr 2017

This is why we’re not reading as much as we want to

Even if we won’t admit it

by Hayley Spencer
27 Apr 2017

Bookworms, there’s a Japanese word for people who buy too many books

Commit this to memory, bibliophiles...

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Apr 2017

12 of the best translated books to broaden your literary horizons

It's time to stray a little further afield...

by Scarlett Cayford
27 Apr 2017

The best new books to read in May 2017

It's going to be a wonderful month for bookworms...

by Sarah Shaffi
27 Apr 2017

Join us at the Emerald Street Literary Festival

The perfect Saturday for interesting women

by The Stylist web team
24 Apr 2017

Backlash as star says The Handmaid's Tale is “not a feminist story”

"It’s a human story, because women’s rights are human rights"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
24 Apr 2017

Elisabeth Moss on why you shouldn't binge watch The Handmaid's Tale

"You may need a second to step back and think about what you’ve seen"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Apr 2017

Exclusive: young mother who escaped Boko Haram shares her story

"I had to be prepared for the worst at all times."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
07 Apr 2017