Surprise winner

2010-10-20 00:00

THE winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2010 was announced last week. London-based author and columnist Howard Jacobson was a surprise winner with his novel The Finkler Question, a tale of love, loss, male friendship and what it means to be Jewish. Jacobson received his prize and cheque for £50 000 at a dinner at London’s Guildhall.

The other five shortlisted books were Peter Carey’s Parrot and Olivier in America; Emma Donoghue’s Room; South African Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room (making 2010 the second time Galgut has been shortlisted unsuccessfully); Andrea Levy’s The Long Song and Tom McCarthy’s C.

However, there was better luck for another author with South African connections last week. Belinda Bauer has won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of 2010 for her novel, Blacklands. An extra feather in Bauer’s cap is the fact that Blacklands is the only first novel ever to win the CWA Gold Dagger. Bauer grew up in South Africa and is the sister of South African journalist Charlotte Bauer.

— Books Editor.

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