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As an author, winning a Booker prize is like having a stamp on your hand saying that whatever you write is special. This is a good thing, and it’ll give you the courage to write many books before you die. I know the prize money might not be a lot, but the press and credibility it gives are special.
Let’s look at The Booker Prize for a moment. How did they get here? Who are they? And why do they do what they do? Nice questions. The Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969. And the prize money stands at a cool £50,000: not too bad. I believe they give these prizes to help writers. The authors who receive these prizes expect a boost in sales, and they are glad to accept it. Want to know some facts about The Booker Prize? Click here. But now, we’ll be looking at some prize winners you should follow:
1. George Saunders
He’s not only won The Booker Prize but he’s also won World Fantasy Award—Short Fiction and many more. You need to follow him. See some of his works on his website. He wrote Lincoln in the Bardo, which was fast to becoming a new york times bestseller.
2. John Banville
This is a talent. He has lots of notable works. For example, his novel, The Book of Evidence, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Guinness Peat Aviation award in 1989. His fourteenth novel, The Sea, won the Booker Prize in 2005. You can check out his website to learn more about him.
3. Margaret Atwood
A Canadian writer best known for her prose fiction and her feminist perspective was born in 1939. She’s written lots of books, including The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram or visit her website.
4. Arundhati Roy
Her debut novel, The God of Small Things, published in 1997, was successful: it’s sold over six million copies. Since her debut, she’s gone on to do more. She now has at least 30 distinct works. But did you know it took her 20 years to write her second novel? You can read this article in the guardian to learn why it to her that long. If you want, you can follow her on Facebook.
5. Roddy Doyle
He’s an Irish novelist, dramatist, and screenwriter who’s been active in writing novels for adults, books for children, screenplays, and dozens of short stories. Lots of his works have been made into films, beginning with The Commitments in 1991. It’s good to know that those films were successful.
6. Richard Flanagan
Flanagan is an Australian writer who’s written over six books. He’s received so many honors for his works. Some of his works include The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Death of a River Guide, of which he’s received praise. You can see what people are saying about him in Goodreads.
7. Marlon James
Some authors you see can make you ask that question: are authors born? Hmm, this one is good. He was born in Jamaica, and after writing for a while, he became a New York Times bestseller. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction in 2019. His novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter. Want to check out his website? Click here.
8. Eleanor Catton
She was born in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her first novel, Rehearsal, was published when she was 22, and The Luminaries won the 2013 Man Booker Prize, making her the youngest-ever recipient of the prize at age 28.
9. Peter Carey
Many authors started from somewhere; Carey is no different. He began by writing surreal short stories and published two collections: War Crimes (1979) and The Fat Man in History (1980). These stories, along with three previously uncollected works, were all included in his Collected Stories (1995). He’s written lots of books, so go ahead and check them out on his website.