With 36% of the almost 8000 votes cast, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children was last night named the Best of the Booker in an award ceremony in London.

Currently touring in the US Rushdie was unable to attend in person, but sent a pre-recorded acceptance speech, saying: "Marvellous news! I’m absolutely delighted and would like to thank all those readers around the world who voted for Midnight’s Children."

The Best of the Booker celebrates the last 40 years of the Booker Prize. Midnight’s Children originally won in 1981, and then took the Booker of Bookers, (Best of 25 years) in 1993.

Comment and reaction at The Guardian UK.

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