Chair of Judges, Michael Portillo, announced the winner to the audience at the Guildhall and simultaneously to the world via the internet.
He said, “The judges found the decision difficult because the shortlist contained such strong candidates. In the end, The White Tiger prevailed because the judges felt that it shocked and entertained in equal measure.”
As well as picking up the Man Booker Prize and £50,000, Aravind Adiga becomes the fourth debut novellist to win the prize and the 40th winner of the Booker overall. Throughout this anniversary year the prize is being celebrated in exhibitions, events and the Best of the Booker award.
2008 is also the 6th year UXB have been involved with the prize. In this special year we have worked with Colman Getty PR and the Booker Prize Foundation to develop a new brand identity, design a new set of trophies plus all the promotional material for this year’s event.