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Paul Beatty scoops Man Booker with 'The Sellout'

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 00:50

Paul Beatty wins the Man Booker fiction prize for 'The Sellout', making him the first U.S. author to win the award. Helena Williams reports.

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Paul Beatty has become the first American author to win the Man Booker fiction prize, scooping the prestigious award with racial satire, 'The Sellout'. Beatty picked up the £50,000 prize from the Duchess of Cornwall at a lavish ceremony in London. 'The Sellout' tells the story of a young African-American man who tries to reinstate slavery and segregation in a California high school. It's Beatty's fourth novel, and ciritcs say it bites with uncompromising language that may offend some readers. The author said it was "hard to write" and "hard to read", but "gratifying" that other people found it important.

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Paul Beatty scoops Man Booker with 'The Sellout'

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 00:50