2006 Man Booker Prize

October 20, 2006

On October 10th, Kiran Desai won the Man Booker Prize for fiction 2006 with her book The Inheritance of Loss. The Man Booker Prize “aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.” The winner receives £50,000. Desai, 35, is the youngest woman ever to receive the Prize. Born in India, Desai has studied in England and in the U.S., including studying creative writing at Columbia University. She also wrote the critically acclaimed Hullabaloo In The Guava Orchard. Desai’s mother, author Anita Desai, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize three times since 1980 and has never won.

Other books on the 2006 Prize shortlist were The Secret River by Kate Grenville, Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland, In The Country Of Men by Hisham Matar, Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn and The Night Watch by Sarah Waters. John Banville won the 2005 Prize with his book, The Sea.