The Duchess of Cornwall has presented the Man Booker Prize to author George Saunders, after his book, Lincoln in the Bardo was deemed worthy of winning the prestigious literary award.
Lincoln in the Bardo is about American President Abraham Lincoln’s grief following the death of his 11-year-old son.
The Man Booker Prize was first awarded in 1969 and is one of the most prestigious literary awards. The Duchess of Cornwall presented the literary award at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall.
2017’s ceremony was the fourth time in the award’s history that people of any nationality could win.
This year’s shortlisted titles and authors were: 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US), History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US), Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK), Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK), Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) and Autumn by Ali Smith (UK).
All shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The winner receives substantially more taking home £50,000 – as well as a place in the literary history books.
The event on Tuesday was the fourth time the Duchess has presented the Man Booker Prize. In 2013, she awarded Eleanor Catton for her book Luminaries. In 2014, Richard Flanagan was given the award for his book The Narrow Road to the Deep North. A couple of years ago, Camilla presented the Man Booker Prize to Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings. Last year, Paul Beatty became the first American to ever win the prize for his novel The Sellout.
Camilla is Patron of the National Literacy Trust, Book Trust, The Wicked Young Writers Award and First Story, all of which help to promote literacy in young people.
Earlier this year The Duchess handed out awards to finalists of BBC Radio 2’s 500 Words competition, seeking to encourage children aged 13 and under to compose a piece of fiction of no more than 500 words.