Irish author Paul Lynch won the 2023 Booker Prize for fiction on Sunday for his novel "Prophet Song," a dystopian work about an Ireland that descends into tyranny. Image: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP
Irish author Paul Lynch won the 2023 Booker Prize for fiction on Sunday for his novel "Prophet Song," a dystopian work about an Ireland that descends into tyranny.
The 46-year-old pipped five other shortlisted novelists to the prestigious award at a ceremony in London
He becomes the fifth Irish writer to win the high-profile literary prize, which has propelled to fame countless household names, including past winners Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Hilary Mantel.
The judges also selected "If I Survive You" by US writer Jonathan Escoffery, which follows a Jamaican family and their chaotic new life in Miami.
He was joined by fellow American author, Paul Harding, whose "This Other Eden"—inspired by historical events—tells the story of Apple Island, an enclave off the US coast where society's misfits flock and build a new home.
Canada was represented on the shortlist in the shape of "Study for Obedience" by Sarah Bernstein. The unsettling novel explores the themes of prejudice and guilt through a suspicious narrator.
The Booker was first awarded in 1969. Last year's winner was Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka for "The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida".
The previous Irish winners are Iris Murdoch, John Banville, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright.