Rank outsider Anne Enright has scooped the Man Booker Prize for her gritty novel The Gathering, sensationally beating heavyweight Ian McEwan (On Chesil Beach) and hot favourite Lloyd Jones (Mister Pip) to the award.
Dubliner Enright is the second Irish writer in three years to take the prize (following John Banville in 2005) and, aside from the £50,000 prize, she can expect soaring book sales and worldwide recognition.
Announcing the win, Chair of the judges Howard Davies said: ‘The Gathering is an unflinching look at a grieving family. It’s the bleakness of one woman’s vision, a bleakness rooted in her family, her marriage and the death of her brother.’ Davies went on to say that the judges decision, though ‘tight’, had been unanimous.
Read more about it at The Guardian UK.