As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Man Booker Prize, Four’s culture team devised and launched the Golden Man Booker, a special one-off award that will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize.
Since it was first awarded in 1969, the Man Booker has become the leading prize for quality fiction in English, with the winning books setting a benchmark against which other novels are judged. The Golden Man Booker will put each decade back under the spotlight to discover which of the 51 winning books still in print has stood the test of time, remaining relevant to, and voted for by readers today.
Five high-profile judges have been selected to read the winning novels from their assigned decade: writer and editor Robert McCrum (1970s); poet Lemn Sissay MBE (1980s); novelist Kamila Shamsie (1990s); broadcaster and novelist Simon Mayo (2000s); and poet Hollie McNish (2010s). They will select their favourite and the shortlist – the ‘Golden Five’ – will be announced at the Hay Festival in May. Those five books will then be pitted against each other in a month-long public vote to decide the overall Golden Man Booker winner, which will be announced during the Man Booker 50 Festival at Southbank Centre in July.
The announcement of the Golden Man Booker and the judges caused excitement in the book world and achieved wide-ranging international coverage including the BBC, Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail, The New York Times and Washington Post.
If you want to find out more about prize creation and promotion then get in touch with Dotti Irving, chief executive of Four Culture, here.