The 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner has been announced. Australian author Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize. This was the first year the prize was open to all authors writing in English, regardless of nationality.
The book chronicles the experiences of Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese Prisoner Of War camp on the Thailand-Burma railway. Flanagan’s own father was a survivor of the brutal Burma Death Railway. The Narrow Road to the Deep North is described by the 2014 judges as ‘a harrowing account of the cost of war to all who are caught up in it’.
Judge AC Grayling commented that Flanagan’s work ‘is a magnificent novel of love and war. Written in prose of extraordinary elegance and force, it bridges East and West, past and present, with a story of guilt and heroism.’