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The Booker Prize 2000

The Winner

The Blind Assassin

By Margaret Atwood

Published by Bloomsbury

Iris Chase, married at eighteen to a politically prominent industrialist, but now eighty-two and poor, is living in Port Ticonderoga, a town dominated by her once-prosperous family. While bewailing her unreliable body and deriding those who try to help her, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life and her perilous times, particularly on the events surrounding her sister Laura’s mysterious, tragic early death.


The Shortlist

The 2000 Judges

Simon Jenkins (Chair)

Professor Roy Foster

Mariella Frostrup

Caroline Gasciogne

Rose Tremain