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Golden Man Booker: winner announcement

Golden Man Booker: winner announcement


Golden Man Booker: winner announcement

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Fiona Shaw, Meera Syal and Geoffrey Streatfeild bring Golden Man Booker shortlist to life at Man Booker 50 Festival

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The winner of the Golden Man Booker, a prize to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, will be announced on Sunday 8 July by 8.30pm, at a special event at Southbank Centre.


This 90 minute show, the finale of the Man Booker 50 Festival, is hosted by director and producer Jude Kelly. She will be joined on stage by the Golden Man Booker judges, along with three of the shortlisted authors: Penelope Lively, V.S. Naipaul and Michael Ondaatje. The event will also feature performances from actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Fiona Shaw, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Meera Syal who will read from the five shortlisted books, before the announcement is made.


Five judges, Robert McCrum, Lemn Sissay, Kamila Shamsie, Simon Mayo and Hollie McNish have each read one decade of Man Booker Prize winners, and selected their favourite, which has been put to a public vote to decide the winner.


The shortlist is:



Year of win





Robert McCrum


In a Free State

V. S. Naipaul



Lemn Sissay


Moon Tiger

Penelope Lively



Kamila Shamsie


The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje



Simon Mayo


Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel


Fourth Estate

Hollie McNish


Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders





The Man Booker 50 Festival runs from 6 to 8 July at various locations across Southbank Centre in London. Events will include interviews and conversations between Man Booker Prize winning and shortlisted authors, debates and masterclasses.


Actor biographies


BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor has a breadth of critically acclaimed work across stage and screen, including 12 Years a Slave, Mary Magdalene, and Netflix’s Come Sunday. In 2008 he won an Olivier Award for Othello, and has also been awarded an OBE and a CBE for services to the arts. This year, he completed work on his directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, which he has adapted from the book of the same name, written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer (in which he will also perform). Forthcoming projects include a CG animated re-imagining of The Lion King, and Maleficent 2. 


Fiona Shaw is best-known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films, but she has also worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, winning the Olivier Award for Best Actress twice, and she won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for The Waste Land. She has acted in both the West End and Broadway, and was awarded an Honorary CBE in 2001. 


Geoffrey Streatfeild has had an extensive career as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Richard II, Richard III, Bacchai and Henry VI Parts I and II. He appeared at the National Theatre as Irwin in The History Boys and as Freder in The Pains of Youth. He has also performed in The Way of the World at the Donmar and in The Contingency Plan: On The Beach & Resilience at the Bush Theatre. He featured in films The Lady in the Van, Rush and Kinky Boots, and his television credits include The Miniaturist, Private Peaceful, The Hollow Crown and The Other Boleyn Girl.


Comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress Meera Syal rose to prominence as one of the creators and cast members of comedy sketch show Goodness Gracious Me. She has been appointed an MBE and a CBE for services to drama and literature, and in 2003 she was listed in The Observer as one of the funniest acts in British Comedy. In the last few years she has starred in films Paddington 2 and Doctor Strange.


Pictures of the actors can be found here.




For more information, please contact:

Alice Furse or Hannah Davies at Four Colman Getty

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+44 20 3697 4253 (Alice) / +44 20 3697 4251 (Hannah)