Booker Prize

Thresholds of Time and Space

Arshia Sattar

A finely delineated and sharply observed story of a middle-class Delhi family during Partition, by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell, wins the International Booker Prize. A first for a translation from India

The Final Six

The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist tells of the persistence of grief, the deceptions of online prattle, the call of the wild, racial inequality and the triumph of the human spirit

An Unlikely Pair

The joint award to Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo steals the Nobel’s thunder

Many Quests

Six books that define our times, and redefine the novel. And one will be the winner next week

When Booker Comes to Bollywood

The central character badly needs that award to emphasise his heroism

Who Will Win the Booker?

With three men and three women on the list, and with ages ranging from 35 (Ottessa Moshfegh) to 57 (Deborah Levy) the Man Booker shortlist appears to be unusually balanced.

Jesus, Coetzee Is at It Again

He is one of the greatest novelists of his time, but his late novels take him to a grim elsewhere, baffling his devotees

Prize Reads

This year’s Booker winner and last year’s winner of the Prix Goncourt have arrived simultaneously at Indian bookstores. Here are some good reasons to pick one over the other

‘The Discipline of the Short Story is Terrifying’

Alan Hollinghurst on fighting laziness, living in the world of his novels and the pressures of being a gay writer

First Candidate for a Cold Shower

The Booker-winning author’s enthusiasm for bewildering metaphors is just one of his many literary failures


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