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Elnathan John among the 2019 Man Booker Prize Judges

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 09/08/2018 - 20:48

Nigerian writer, Elnathan John is among the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The judging panel includes; translator and president of English PEN Maureen Freely; philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs FRSA; essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra, Chaired by Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster.

The Man Booker International Prize is a literary award hosted in the United Kingdom, launched in 2005 and sponsored by Man Group, sponsors of the more famous Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Man Booker International Prize is an annual £50,000 prize that honours the best work of fiction in English translation, selected from entries published in the UK and Ireland in the given year. The prize is split equally between the author and the translator. 

The 2018 prize was won by the Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk, and her translator, Jennifer Croft, for Flights, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

The 2019 prize longlist of 12 or 13 books will be announced in March 2019; shortlist of six books in April 2019 and the winner will be announced in May 2019.



Elnathan John is a writer and lawyer, born in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. His debut novel, Born on a Tuesday won a 2017 Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature.

In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize in 2017 and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction.

Born on a Tuesday was shortlisted twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing, in 2013 and 2015. 

John is also a recipient of the 2018 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and is is currently working on his next project which explores the history of a mountaineer revolt in the 1800s, in what is now Northeastern Nigeria.

He lives and works in Berlin and writes a weekly satire column for Nigeria’s Daily Trust newspaper.








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