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The Duchess of Cornwall presents the Man Booker prize to Paul Beatty

The Duchess of Cornwall has presented the Man Booker Prize to author Paul Beatty, after his book, The Sellout was deemed worthy of winning the prestigious literary award.

Mr Beatty’s satire book centers around a young black man who tries to reinstate slavery and racial segregation in Los Angeles.

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.

2016’s ceremony was the third time in the award’s history that people of any nationality could win. Mr Beatty is the first American to ever win the prize.

This year’s shortlisted titles and authors were: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (US), Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (UK), His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK), Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (US), All That Man Is by David Szalay (Canada-UK) and Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Canada).

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 third 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. Last year, Camilla presented the Man Booker Prize to Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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.

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