A special award to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Booker Prize was launched to find the best winner of the last half century.
Five judges, including Hollie McNish and Simon Mayo, are each one is assigned a decade and will present their favorite book of that period.
The public will decide on the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize from the list of five.
There are 51 books in dispute, and the first prize was awarded in the year 1969.
The judges are writer and editor Robert McCrum, who look at the winners of the decade of 1970, the poet Lemn Sissay (1980), novelist Kamila Shamsie (1990), journalist and author Simon Mayo (2000) and the poet Hollie McNish (2010).
Each one of them will defend their choice against the other judges’ choices.
Shamsie, said: “This says something about the importance and the scope of the Man Booker Prize that I’ve read all the winning novels of the decade of 1990, within months of the announcements of awards – despite the fact that I was in the university, in the united states, the majority of that decade, with too much reading assigned to the classes to collect as many books outside of the curriculum.
“I am greatly looking forward to returning to the Booker winners to see how similar or different it can feel to encounter them again.”
The ‘Golden Five finalists will be announced at the hay Festival on May 26, a few days after the usual Man Booker Prize winner will be announced on the 22nd of May.’Endures and resonates’
The five books will be submitted to the vote of the public for a month before the Golden Man Booker prize is announced on the Man Booker 50 Festival on the 8th of July.
Baroness Helena Kennedy, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, said: “The best fiction endures and resonates with readers long after it is written.
“I’m fascinated to see what our panel of excellent judges – including writers and poets, broadcasters and publishers and to the readers of today make of the winners of the past, as we review the rich Man Booker of the library.”
In 2008, Booker held a similar competition for its 40th anniversary.
The public voted in favour of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, which it had won in 1981.
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