The Booker Prize 2022 announcement was made by Neil MacGregor, Chair of the 2022 judges, in a ceremony at the Roundhouse, London, on October 17, 2022.
The Booker Prize 2022 Winner:
Shehan Karunatilaka has won the Booker Prize 2022 for his second novel, ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’. The book is published by Sort of Books.
- Shehan Karunatilka has become the second Sri Lankan author to win the Booker Prize.
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida tells the story of a war photographer who has woken up dead in what seems to be a celestial visa office. He has ‘seven moons’ to try and solve the mystery of his death and to help unveil a cache of photos that will rock war-torn Sri Lanka.
Shehan Karunatilaka emerged on to the global literary stage in 2011, when he won the Commonwealth Book Prize, the DSL and Gratiaen Prize for his debut novel, Chinaman. The book was declared the second-best cricket book of all time by Wisden.
- The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English-speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.
- The winner receives £50,000, as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors.
- Each year, the prize is awarded to the best sustained work of fiction, written in English and published in the UK and Ireland.
Books Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2022:
- Glory Written by NoViolet Bulawayo
- Small Things Like These Written by Claire Keegan
- Treacle Walker Written by Alan Garner
- The Trees Written by Percival Everett
- The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida Written by Shehan Karunatilaka
- Oh William! Written by Elizabeth Strout