Julian Barnes was yesterday October 18, 2011 named winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize by Dame Stella Rimington, Chair of the 2011 judges, for his book ‘The Sense of an Ending’. The announcement was made at the awards dinner at London’s Guildhall with a presentation of a cheque for £50,000 by Jon Aisbitt, Chairman of Man.
Barnes’ first novel for six years, The Sense of an Ending went straight into the bestseller list on publication. It is the story of a seemingly ordinary man who, when revisiting his past in later life, discovers that the memories he holds are less than perfect.
At the time of the shortlist announcement, 2011 judge Gaby Wood commented: ‘that the tragedy trapped in this mundane life should be so moving, and so keenly felt by the character that he can only confront it half-blindly and in fragments, is the mark of a truly masterful novel.’
Barnes,the bookmakers’ favorite said he was “as much relieved as I am delighted” to win the £50,000 prize.