The Man Booker Prize Goes to Australian Author Richard Flanagan

The 2014 Man Booker prize decided to open its doors to “any English-speaking writer” starting this year, for the first time in its 46 year history. This action, which led to a shortlist that included American writers Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler, has met some criticism, including two-time winner Peter Carey’s worry that the prize will lose “its particular cultural flavor.”

But he needn’t have worried, as the prize went to fellow Australian countryman Richard Flanagan for his work The Narrow Road to the Deep North, a book based on the life of the author’s father, who spent time in a Japanese POW camp. The Australians dominate again!