Australian author Richard Flanagan has bagged the Man Booker Prize, the literary world's most coveted prize for his book 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North'. The Tasmania-born author is the third Australian to win the coveted prize which now covers entries from all nationalities, writing originally in English and published in the UK.
Flanagan's book, the story of his father as a PoW during war in Japan, has been hailed as a literary masterpiece by the jury. It is is the sixth novel from Flanagan which centres on the experiences of surgeon Dorrigo Evans in a Japanese POW camp. With this, he joins an impressive literary list of previous winners, including fellow Australians.
Neel Mukherjee from Kolkata was a hot candidate among those short listed for his book The Lives of Others but narrowly missed out. In 2013, Indian writer Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland had lost out to Eleanor Catton who became the youngest writer to win a Man Booker.