Submitted by The Booker Prizes on Fri, 2020-09-11 10:28
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sir Ronald Harwood who was a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation from the time the Foundation was established in 2002 until November 2014.
Ronnie was an important voice as a trustee. He rarely missed a meeting and was wise and, of course, good-humoured in his contributions, although he also brought a keen critical sense to the discussions. He was a strong supporter of the inauguration of the international prize which was first awarded in 2005 and also of the 2014 expansion of the Booker Prize to Include authors of any nationality as long as their books had been written originally in English and published in the UK. At that time he said, ‘English is the heart of the literature of the prize, and the pulse of the prize beats less strongly without all books written in English.’
We send our condolences to Ronnie’s children, Anthony, Alexandra and Deborah in their loss.