The Booker prize or the Man-Booker prize is the highest awards for the literary fiction. This award is given each year for the best fiction novel of the year. The award promises highest renown and success to the book and the author itself. The Booker prize is greeted with so much of anticipation by both the authors and the fanfare. Getting the award is of course a matter of prestige but getting nominated in the long list of authors for the booker prize is not a matter of joke. Previously the prize money for the Booker Prize was around £21,000, but in the year 2002, the prize money was raised to £50,000, making booker, the highest prize for literary fiction.
Behind all the glory of Booker prize, there are some controversies related to Booker prize. During the year 1972, the booker prize winner John Berger for his experimental novel, “G” Known for his Marxist view, protested against Booker McConnell in his acceptance speech. He blamed Booker for his long 130 years of sugar production in the Caribbean region‘s poverty. Also, he donated around £5,000 of his prize money to the British Black panther movement because he found their perspective revolutionary and socialist as his own.
In the year 1980, author Anthony Burgess, author of the book, “Earthly Powers” refused to attend the Booker prize ceremony until and unless he was confirmed in advance if he had won. His book and William Golding’s “Rites of Passage” were the two books that put the judges in dilemma, only before 30 minutes of the ceremony, judges decided to give the prestigious award to Golding. The cold war between Anthony Burges and William Golding after William won the prize, made way to the front pages of the newspaper.
Again, in the year 1993, two of the eminent judges, threatened the booker foundation to walk out when Irvine Welsh’s “Trainspotting” came into the nomination list. Many of the times, the prize was criticized for the types of book it covers in the nomination list. In 1981, John Banville, one of the nominee of the Booker prize for that year, write a letter to “The Guardian” requesting to give him the booker prize so that with the prize money, he could buy all the copies of the longlisted books in Ireland and donate them in libraries for people’s help. In 1994, journalist Richard Gott criticized the award as a significant and a very dangerous and that the award is creating a big mess. But however, in spite of all the criticism, booker prize have proceeded and given inspiration to many.