Paul Beatty wins the Man Booker Prize 2016


26 October 2016
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The US writer has won with his fourth novel, The Sellout


The US writer has won with his fourth novel, The Sellout

It's the second time in two years that Paul's UK publishers, the independent Oneworld, has had a Booker-winner – Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings, won it in 2015!

The Sellout, which satirises racial politics in the US, makes Paul the first American to win the £50,000 prize, which was announced last night. The Man Booker rules were altered three years ago to allow writers of any nationality writing in English to be eligible.

Amanda Foreman, 2016 chair of judges, said: ‘The Sellout is a novel for our times. A tirelessly inventive modern satire, its humour disguises a radical seriousness. Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl.’

Watch Paul winning everyone's hearts with his emotional speech following his win:

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