Her Majesty to Host Reception for the Booker Prize Foundation

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Queen Camilla and Helena Bonham Carter during a reception celebrating 30 years of the Forward Arts Foundation at Clarence House in London, October 11, 2023.
Queen Camilla and Helena Bonham Carter during a reception celebrating 30 years of the Forward Arts Foundation at Clarence House in London, October 11, 2023.

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN WILL HOST A RECEPTION FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE FOUNDATION

Thursday 23rd November 2023

The Queen will host a reception at Clarence House for the Booker Prize Foundation. Her Majesty will meet guests, past winners, and the authors shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize, ahead of the announcement of the 2023 winner.

First awarded in 1969, the Booker Prize is the world’s most significant award for the best sustained work of fiction written in English by authors from anywhere in the world and published in the UK and/or Ireland. This year’s winner will be announced at Old Billingsgate, London, on 26th November 2023.

The shortlisted titles and authors for this year’s prize are: Sarah Bernstein for Study for Obedience; Jonathan Escoffery for If I Survive You; Paul Lynch for Prophet Song; Paul Harding for The Other Eden; Chetna Maroo for Western Lane; and Paul Murray for The Bee Sting.

Previously, the Queen has presented the award to Eleanor Catton in 2013 for The Luminaries, to Richard Flanagan in 2014 for The Narrow Road to The Deep North, to Marlon James in 2015 for A Brief History of Seven Killings, Paul Beatty in 2016 for The Sellout, to George Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo in 2017, Anna Burns for Milkman in 2018 and most recently Shehan Karunatilaka in 2022 for The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida.

The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward, and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. Recent winners include Bernardine Evaristo, Margaret Atwood, Douglas Stuart, Damon Galgut and Shehan Karunatilaka.

The winner receives £50,000, whilst the six shortlisted authors receive £2,500 each.

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