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Irish writer wins Booker Prize

October 17, 2007

Booker prize winner Anne Enright In a surprise choice, 45-year-old Irish writer Anne Enright has been selected for this year's Booker Prize for her work The Gathering.
The book deals with the story of a dysfunctional family, which is torn by sexual  abuse and suicides.

Enright herself has described her book as an intellectual equivalent of a Hollywood weepie and warned that readers looking for a cheery read should not pick it up.

The award's judging panel described The Gathering as a "powerful, uncomfortable and, at times, angry book."
The little-known author's award has come as a shock to India as the country was pinning its hopes on Indra Sinha's Animal People, a novel about the Bhopal gas tragedy. Pakistan-born Mohsin Hamid's  The Reluctant Fundamentalist also was a popular choice to win the award.

The Booker Prize, founded in 1969, rewards the best novel of the year written by a writer from Britain, Ireland or a Commonwealth country.

Britain's most prestigious literary award, which includes a cash prize of US$ 1,00,000, was announced at London's [Images] medieval Guildhall on Tuesday night.

Image: Anne Enright with her Booker Prize winning novel The Gathering

Photograph: Getty Images




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