V.S. Naipaul, Hilary Mantel, Michael Ondaatje, George Saunders up for best-ever Booker Prize accolade

Mantel's Tudor saga "Wolf Hall," Ondaatje's multilayered romance "The English Patient" and Saunders' Civil War-era symphony "Lincoln in the Bardo" are finalists for the Golden Man Booker Prize.

Published: 28th May 2018 02:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2018 10:18 AM   |  A+A-

(L-R) Hilary Mantel, Michael Ondaatje and George Saunders (AP File Photos)

By Associated Press

LONDON: Britain's Hilary Mantel, Canada's Michael Ondaatje and American author George Saunders are among five contenders for the title of greatest-ever winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction.

Mantel's Tudor saga "Wolf Hall," Ondaatje's multilayered romance "The English Patient" and Saunders' Civil War-era symphony "Lincoln in the Bardo" are finalists for the Golden Man Booker Prize.

Also nominated are "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul and "Moon Tiger" by Britain's Penelope Lively. The list was announced Saturday.

A panel of judges selected one book from each decade since the prize was founded in 1969. A public vote will decide the ultimate winner, to be announced July 8.

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The prize was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. Americans have been eligible since 2014.

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