Salman Rushdie was today (10 July) named winner of the Best of the Booker award for Midnight’s Children.
The shortlist of six books was selected by a panel of judges – the biographer, novelist and critic Victoria Glendinning (Chair), writer and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, and John Mullan, Professor of English at University College, London. The decision then went to a public poll. Midnight’s Children won with 36% of the votes.
Victoria Glendinning commented, ‘The readers have spoken – in their thousands. And we do believe that they have made the right choice.’
Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize in 1981. It was then chosen as the Booker of Bookers in 1993 – the only other time a celebratory prize has been awarded.