New Delhi: Noted author Richard Flanagan was declared as the winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2014 last night in London. The Australian author bagged the coveted prize, leaving behind Indian-origin Neel Mukherjee, American writers Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler. The 53-year-old author’s book on the story of prisoners and captors on Burma railways brilliantly narrated in ‘The Narrow Road To The Deep North’ got him accolades.
‘The Narrow… happens to be Richard’s sixth novel till now, and has been hailed as a masterpiece by experts in the world of literature. The story in this novel deals with the journey of Dorrigo Evans, a war hero and survivor of Death Railway. Incidentally, Richard’s father in real life is a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. Therefore, this masterpiece derives a lot form his own personal exprierence
The Booker prize winner has written on various fields, such as art, environment and international politics. In fact, he has even written for films. ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping’ (1998) movie was helmed by Richard. It was appreciated by the viewers, and even competed for the various awards that year.
Richards has been awarded a prize money of 50,000 pounds, making him the third Australian writer to bag the Man Booker Prize so far.