Irish writer JG Farrell last night won the Lost Booker prize for his novel Troubles — 40 years after it was first published and 30 years after he drowned tragically.
The prize is a one-off award to honour books published in 1970 that were not eligible for the Booker due to a change in the way the competition was organised. There was a sad irony in Farrell winning the prize because he himself was lost to the sea in 1979 when he was swept away while fishing from the shoreline in west Cork.
Troubles was published to great acclaim in 1970, the first part of Farrell's Empire trilogy of novels dealing with the changing world at the end of the British Empire. He won the Booker Prize in 1973 for the second novel in the trilogy, The Siege Of Krishnapur. The Singapore Grip appeared in 1978. The prize was accepted in London by the writer’s brother Richard.