Room, the bestselling novel by Irish writer Emma Donoghue, which was one of the hot favourites for the Man Booker Prize this year, has been pipped at the post.
The winner of the Man Booker 2010 announced in London last night was The Finkler Question by British writer Howard Jacobson.
Jacobson, one of the older authors on the shortlist, is a well-known academic, critic and newspaper columnist. He has been longlisted twice before for the Booker.
The Finkler Question is a sophisticated contemporary novel about love, loss, male friendship and being Jewish.
There will be some consolation for Donoghue, however, because her book Room — inspired by the horrific Josef Fritzl case — has outsold all the other Booker shortlisted novels in recent weeks.