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The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is considered by many to be the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Margaret Busby (chair), editor, literary critic and former publisher; Lee Child, author; Sameer Rahim, author and critic; Lemn Sissay, writer and broadcaster; and Emily Wilson, classicist and translator.

The list was chosen from 162 novels published in the UK or Ireland between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.

The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

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The Booker Prize Winner 2020

Unanimous Choice of the judges

Douglas Stuart has won the 2020 Booker Prize, for his debut novel Shuggie Bain (Picador). His victory was announced this evening at an event livestreamed from the Roundhouse in London. He receives £50,000, in addition to his £2,500 prize for being shortlisted.

Shuggie Bain : Winner of the Booker Prize 2020 - Douglas Stuart

Winner the Booker Prize 2020Shortlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction 2020The Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year 2020'Douglas Stuart has written a first novel of rare and lasting beauty.' - ObserverIt is 1981.

Glasgow is dying and good families must grift to survive.

Agnes Bain has always expected more from life. She dreams of greater things: a house with its own front door and a life...



The Booker Prize Longlist 2020

Chair of the 2020 judges, Margaret Busby

Each of these books carries an impact that has earned it a place on the longlist, deserving of wide readership. [...] The best fiction enables the reader to relate to other people’s lives; sharing experiences that we could not ourselves have imagined is as powerful as being able to identify with characters. Read More »