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George Saunders wins Man Booker prize for Lincoln In The Bardo

American author George Saunders has been handed this year's Man Booker Prize for his first full-length novel.

Lincoln In The Bardo, which focuses on the night Abraham Lincoln laid his 11-year-old son to rest in 1862, was hailed as "utterly original" and praised by judges for its "witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative".

The 58-year-old, who had been favourite to win, was presented with the prestigious award and £50,000 prize during a ceremony at the Guildhall in London, attended by the Duchess of Cornwall. Saunders becomes the second American to take home the prize in its 49-year history, after Paul Beatty won last year with The Sellout.

Belfast Telegraph