The Sellout Wins Man Booker Prize

26 October 2016

Paul Beatty's "The Sellout" (Oneworld Publications) has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Booker judge Amanda Foreman said "The Sellout is one of those very rare books: which is able to take satire, which is a very difficult subject and not always done well, and plunges it into the heart of contemporary American society with a savage wit of the kind I haven't seen since Swift or Twain. It manages to eviscerate every social taboo and politically correct nuance, every sacred cow. While making us laugh, it also makes us wince. It is both funny and painful at the same time."

Judges took just under four hours to come to a unanimous decision to award the £50,000 prize, having whittled the 155 books entered to an initial longlist of 12 and a shortlist of 6. The award caps off an astonishing year for independent publisher Oneworld, who won the Booker in 2015 with Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings".